The outlier was Sam Coonrod, a second-year Giants reliever who said after the game that he is a Christian and "can't kneel before anything besides God." During the 2020 season, Coonrod became the subject of controversy when he became the only player on either team not to kneel during "The Star Spangled Banner" before the Giants' game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, a league-wide gesture done to indicate support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod is opposing Black Lives Matter in bad faith. He also said he does not agree with some of what he has heard about the Black Lives Matter movement. Gabe Kapler joining the Black Lives Matter movement and taking a knee during the national anthem to protest social injustice and police brutality against minorities. Published July 24th “I’m Just A Christian”: This Baseball Player Is Standing Up To Black Lives Matter. Stood against MLB's newfound attention to … Sam Coonrod didn't pitch in Thursday night's season opener, but one day later, the Giants reliever found himself as the most talked-about player in MLB. ... Coonrod explained that he dissents from some of the things the Black Lives Matter organization stands for. Sam Coonrod stood alone Thursday night. “No matter what we talked about, he can always take it,” Coonrod said. That was a personal decision for Sam.” Coonrod's remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement resembled those of Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Georgia, co … Stood up for his beliefs. San Francisco Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod said he refused to kneel for BLM because of his religious belief and the organization's Marxism. After the Dodgers’ 8-1 victory, Coonrod told reporters he cannot support Black Lives Matter and said, as a Christian, the faithful “can’t kneel before anything besides God.” ... Black Lives Matter movement was founded by … Sam Coonrod, a Christian ballplayer, wouldn't take the knee on opening day. Coonrod said he has talked plenty with Kapler, who has been “great” and understanding. Giants' Pitcher Sam Coonrod Refuses To Kneel For Black Lives Matter Because He's A Christian Players, managers and coaches took a knee at the Major League Baseball season opener. Coonrod was the lone player on either side who did not take a knee during a moment of unity before the national anthem at Dodger Stadium, one that has been replayed in stadiums across the country on the opening day for 26 other teams. But again, the phrase "Black lives matter" wasn't event part of the Freeman clip. The San Francisco Giants’ Sam Coonrod doesn't want to politicize the game.