SF Giants’ Kapler says he will stand for anthem on Memorial Day

Three days after announcing he will no longer stand on the field for the playing of the national anthem in an act of peaceful protest, Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he will temporarily suspend his protest ahead of his team’s Memorial Day game in Philadelphia against the Phillies.

In a blog post written Monday, Kapler said he will stand for the anthem and explained that in doing so, he wants to honor “those who have paid the ultimate price for our rights and freedoms.”

“While I believe strongly in the right to protest and the importance of doing so, I also believe strongly in honoring and mourning our country’s service men and women who fought and died for that right,” Kapler wrote. “Those who serve in our military, and especially those who have paid the ultimate price for our rights and freedoms, deserve that acknowledgment and respect, and I am honored to stand on the line today to show mine.”

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