On July 23, the season opener in Major League Baseball started with an incredible moment when players, managers and coaches from the Giants and Dodgers teams knelt in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement before the national anthem. However, one player refused to take one knee.
The 27-year-old Sam Coonrod from San Francisco Giants did without the symbolic act and instead decided to stand on the edge of the field.
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After the game, Coonrod said he refused to participate because of his religion. "All I can do is kneel before God," he said. "I chose not to kneel. I feel like if I kneeled I would be a hypocrite. I didn't mean to be a hypocrite. As I said before, I didn't mean bad will to anyone."
He also said he disagreed with everything he heard about the Black Lives Matter movement.
"I'm a Christian, as I said, and I just can't get on board with a few things I've read about Black Lives Matter. How they tend to Marxism and say some negative things about the atom family," said Coonrod according to NBC Sports Bay Area. "I just don't get on board with that."
Watch a clip of the MLB season opener below.