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Dodgers' Mookie Betts kneels during national anthem on Opening Day

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Mookie Betts is the latest prominent athlete to take a knee during the national anthem.

The former Boston Red Sox outfielder, who signed a 12-year contract extension worth nearly $400 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers this week, kneeled prior to Thursday night's Opening Day matchup vs. the San Francisco Giants.

Betts was the only Dodgers player to take a knee, but teammates Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy showed their support by placing their hands on his shoulders.

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On the GIants' side, it was manager Gabe Kapler, Mike Yastrzemski, and Pablo Sandoval taking a knee throughout the anthem. Kapler also knelt before an exhibition game on Tuesday and afterward wrote a lengthy statement in which he promised to "work to amplify the voices of Black people."

We can expect more teams, including the Red Sox, to show solidarity with the Black community throughout the season. Boston recently put up a 254-foot "Black Lives Matter" banner outside Fenway Park and will incorporate elements of the "Black Lives Matter" movement in its Opening Day pregame ceremonies Friday night.