Following the spread of anti-cop protest in the four major league sports leagues, there have been some who have decided to stand against the Black Lives Matter movement and the tremendous pressure that has been put on sports leagues to support the Marxist movement. 27-year-old relief pitcher, Sam Coonrod refused to kneel on opening night saying that it would go against his principals of the Christian faith.
Every player from the earlier game on ESPN which had the New York Yankees vs the Washington Nationals knelt in solidarity with the movement before the game started, and every player from the San Francisco Giants, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, except Coonrod, knelt during the pre-game ceremonies.
Not only did the players kneel for the pre-game many of them also knelt during the playing of the National Anthem.
“I’m a Christian, like I said, and I just can’t get on board with a couple of the things I’ve read about Black Lives Matter,” Coonrod told TMZ sports.
Some of the beliefs BLM has on it’s website includes:
1) We disrupt the Western prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages,” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.
2) We are self- reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black Trans woman, who continue to be disproportionally impacted by trans antagonistic violence.
3) We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to lead.
Gabe Kapler the San Francisco Giant’s manager, supported Coonrod’s decision, saying “The one thing that we said is we were going to let people express themselves”, Kapler told TMZ sports. “We were going to give them the choice on whether they were going to stand, kneel, or do something else. That was a personal decision for Sam.”
Coonrod went onto express concern for the group’s stance on the nuclear family as one of the reasons he can’t get behind them.
“I mean no ill will by it,” Coonrod continued. “I don’t think I’m better, I just can’t kneel before anything besides God.”