The MLB season opens in just a few days and like the NFL the league has found itself in a controversy surrounding the national anthem.
On Monday night, several San Francisco Giants players and coaches, including manager Gabe Kapler, Jaylin Davis, coach Antoan Richardson, Austin Slater and Mike Yastrzemski took a knee during the playing of the national anthem took support the Black Lives Matter movement on Monday night before the team’s exhibition game against the Oakland A’s.
— MLB (@MLB) July 21, 2020
The MLB’s official Twitter account would go on to defend the Giants players’ decision to kneel during the anthem after angry fans criticized the league for sharing the video of the players protesting.
MLB comes out in support of kneeling during the National Anthem. pic.twitter.com/mavAhVGVhr
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) July 21, 2020
On Tuesday morning President Trump weighed in on the matter on Twitter.
Looking forward to live sports, but any time I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem, a sign of great disrespect for our Country and our Flag, the game is over for me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2020
People who were opposed to the Giants players kneeling then began using the #BoycottMLB hashtag which began trending soon after.
Disrespecting the flag and country is not a peaceful protest.
As a vet this action is a slap in the face to my service. I will simply tell you all "you're welcome"
I choose not to partake in this. I will not be attending nor watching.#BoycottMLB
— Joe Sunshine (@JoeSunshine6) July 21, 2020
— RD 🧬ن יֵשׁוּעַ (@RdH1SW1) July 21, 2020
And I’ll be adding myself to the long list of Americans who won’t see it as we tune these disrespectful ignoramuses out. No more baseball for me. https://t.co/bdQtkuA3ON
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) July 21, 2020
— Jim Stevenson (USMC) (@JamesOliverTrad) July 21, 2020
— lifeistooshort 💜🎵🎶🎶🇺🇸 (@lifeis2short333) July 21, 2020