"I’m a Christian and can solely kneel earlier than God"
Sam Coonrod and the San Francisco Giants players before their season opener.Twitter
The San Francisco Giants pitcher, Sam Coonrod, said he won't kneel for Black Lives Matter because he is a Christian and will only kneel before God.
The baseball star was the only MLB player to kneel as the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers before the season opener for BLM. However, Coonrod joined the players when they held up a long black ribbon provided by the MLB in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Coonrod later explained: "I am a Christian, so I simply believe that I can kneel before nothing but God," said TMZ.
The pitcher insisted that he meant "no bad will" to the BLM movement and said, "I don't think I'm better than anyone else. I'm just a Christian … I feel like if I kneel I would be a hypocrite. I don't want to be a hypocrite, "said the San Francisco Chronicle.
He added, "I just can't get on board with a few things I've read about Black Lives Matter tending to Marxism. And … they said some negative things about the nuclear family. I just can get stuck. " Board with it. "
He went on to say, "I'm not angry with someone who has decided to kneel. I just don't think it is too much to demand that I get the same respect."
He received the support of Giants Manager Gabe Kapler, who said he respected Coonrod's decision not to kneel and said, "We wanted to give them a choice of whether to stand, kneel, or do anything else. It was a personal decision for Sam. "
Christian author Michael Brown, who hosts the daily talk show "The Line of Fire", recently described the organization "Black Lives Matter" as "dangerous" and "anti-Christian". He argued that the BLM organization "should be avoided".