Giants Pitcher Sam Coonrod Says ‘I Can’t Kneel Before Anything Besides God’ After He Stood While Teammates Took a Knee for Black Lives Matter Movement

San Francisco Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod. | Twitter

When MLB players knelt to honor the Black Lives Matter movement ahead of the season opener, San Francisco Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod was the only player who remained standing, later explaining that, as a Christian, he doesn’t kneel before “anything besides God.”

At the opening day game Thursday between the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodgers Stadium, all the players, except the 27-year-old relief pitcher, kneeled as they held a long black ribbon provided by Major League Baseball organization.

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