San Francisco Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod defied the radical left by refusing to take a knee during the national anthem before his team’s game on Thursday night, citing his strong Christian faith as the reason.
Despite the fact that the rest of the players on his team disrespected the flag by taking a knee, Coonrod was seen standing proud and alone as the national anthem played.
Sam Coonrod really out here standing lmfao pic.twitter.com/HzYXkRbOyy 
— shanahanSZN 🎯 (@ShanahanSZN) July 24, 2020 
Pitcher Sam Coonrod Reveals Why He Stood For The Anthem
In an interview with NBC Sports , Coonrod explained that he “can’t kneel before anything besides God.”
He also said that he would refuse to take a knee for the Black Lives Matter movement, given what the group actually stands for.
“I’m a Christian, like I said, and I just can’t get on board with a couple of things that I have read about Black Lives Matter. How they lean toward Marxism and they’ve said some negative things about the nuclear family. I just can’t get on board with that.”
He Doesn’t See Himself As Being Better Than Anyone
The Giants pitcher went on to clarify that he doesn’t see himself as above any of his teammates who did kneel.
“I meant no ill will by it. I don’t think I’m better than anyone,” Coonrod said once the game was over. “I’m a Christian. I just believe I can’t kneel before anything besides God — Jesus Christ. I chose not to kneel. I feel that if I did kneel, I would be being a hypocrite. I didn’t want to be a hypocrite. Like I said, I didn’t mean any ill will toward anyone.”
Coonrod was also asked about how his decision went down with his team’s manager Gabe Kapler, who had been open about his decision to kneel.
San Francisco Giants' manager Gabe Kapler kneels during National Anthem before exhibition game against Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, July 20, 2020. @sfchronicle  photo by @ScottStrazzante  @SFGiants  pic.twitter.com/UZjTYJtCLS 
— Scott Strazzante (@ScottStrazzante) July 21, 2020 
What Did Kapler Say?
Coonrod, however, said that Kapler had no issue with him deciding to stand.
“He’s not going to get mad if I disagree with him,” Coonrod said. “I think that’s part of the problem nowadays. People get mad whenever someone disagrees. I’m not mad at someone that decided to kneel. I think it’s not too much to ask that I just get the same respect, you know?”
It’s sad that we now live in a time when someone has to explain themselves simply for standing during the national anthem.
We applaud Coonrod for being a man of conviction, and for taking a stand for America and for God against the radical leftist forces trying to destroy everything that makes our country great.
We need more people in the world like him.