Yesterday, White Sox manager Tony La Russa declared that protesting in a moment when you are supposed to honor the flag and anthem is “not appropriate.”
“I think he's exactly right to be concerned … with what's happening in our country. He's right there,” Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa said of Kapler, as reported by ESPN.
“Where I disagree is the flag and the anthem are not appropriate places to try to voice your objections.”
Although he is not a fan of the Kapler’s protests, La Russa quickly points out that the protester is a man of “great respect” for his fellow citizens who live in San Francisco. In La Russa's eyes the issue with protests during the national anthem boils down to respect for veterans.
“Some of their courage comes from what the flag means to them and when they hear the anthem. You need to understand what the veterans think when they hear the anthem or see the flag. And the cost they paid and their families,” La Russa said.
“And if you truly understand that, I think it's impossible not to salute the flag and listen to the anthem.”
La Russa is the second-winningest manager in the history of MLB and is a triple World Series champion.