Some Twitter users were not happy about several members of the Giants kneeling during the national anthem at the Oakland Coliseum on Monday night, and MLB's official account was having none of it.
Supporting human rights is not political.— MLB (@MLB) July 21, 2020
It has never been about the military or the flag. The players and coaches are using their platforms to peacefully protest.— MLB (@MLB) July 21, 2020
Giants manager Gabe Kapler, first base coach Antoan Richardson and players Jaylin Davis, Austin Slater and Mike Yastrzemski made a statement in support of racial and social equality.
Shortstop Brandon Crawford showed his support by placing his hands on the shoulders of Davis and Richardson.
Giants players kneeling during the anthem pic.twitter.com/xT2YkbQ8GS— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) July 21, 2020
Pitcher Kevin Gausman, who started Monday's game, spoke to the media after he was removed, and said Kapler informed the team he would kneel during the anthem.
Kevin Gausman said Gabe Kapler told team before game that he would kneel. Kapler told players that no matter what they decided to do on their own he would support it.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) July 21, 2020
In June, Davis opened up about the racism he has faced during his professional baseball career.
On Monday, Davis' manager and teammates had his back, and the league's official Twitter account had the team's back as well.