San Francisco Giants’ Sam Coonrod Refuses To Kneel For Black Lives Matter Saying ‘I’m A Christian’

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 25 Jul 2020 18:42
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San Francisco Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod refused to kneel for the Black Lives Matter movement, explaining that it was because of his religion.


Coonrod remained standing at the beginning of team’s match against the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday, July 24, despite all of his teammates taking the knee.

As well as ctiting the reason as because he’s a Christian, he also said it was due to his own personal feelings towards the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

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As per TMZ Sports, the 27-year-old said, ‘I’m a Christian, so I just believe that I can’t kneel before anything besides God.’


He continued:

I meant no ill will by it. I don’t think I’m better than anybody. I’m just a Christian. I believe I can’t kneel before anything but God, Jesus Christ. I chose not to kneel. I feel if I did kneel I’d be a hypocrite. I don’t want to be a hypocrite.

Coonrod further explained his thoughts on the BLM movement and cited its Marxists beliefs as part of the reason he didn’t kneel. The founders of the movement have previously described themselves as ‘trained Marxists’, reported Sports Illustrated.

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Coonrod said:

I just can’t get on board with a couple things I’ve read about Black Lives Matter, how they lean towards Marxism. And… they said some negative things about the nuclear family. I just can’t get onboard with that.

It’s thought Coonrod was the only baseball player to not kneel yesterday after Major League Baseball (MLB) shared a video of all its baseball players being united.

The statement where the players knelt while holding a long, black ribbon was said to not be a protest, but a ‘carefully constructed display’ that MLB had approved.


MLB tweeted:

Today, and every day, we come together as brothers. As equals, all with the same goal – to level the playing field. To change the injustices. Equality is not just a word. It’s our right! Today we stand as men from 25 nations on 6 continents. Today, we are one.

While Coonrod has received backlash for his bold statement of not kneeling along with every other MLB player and staff member, San Francisco Giant’s manager Gabe Kapler isn’t holding it against him.

As per Sports Illustrated, he said:

The one thing we said is, we‘re going to let people express themselves. We‘re going to give them the choice whether they stand, kneel or do something else. That was a personal decision for Sam.

Coonrod aside, it was great to see all the players being united as one.

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

Topics: Sport, baseball, Black Lives Matter movement, Major League Baseball, Now, Sam Coonrod, San Francisco Giants


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    Giants’ Sam Coonrod Explains Not Kneeling for Moment of Unity: ‘I’m a Christian’