Jesus Supports Police Brutality? San Francisco Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod tries to justify being the only player to refuse to take a knee for Black lives by citing his Christian faith.
Fox News reports:
San Francisco Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod was the only player to stand during a moment honoring the Black Lives Matter movement ahead of the season opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers, telling reporters after the game that as a Christian he “can’t kneel before anything besides God.
Sports Illustrated reports:
Every player and staff member from four MLB teams took a knee before last night’s opening slate of games to make a statement about inequality. Every single one of them—except Giants reliever Sam Coonrod.
Asked to explain himself after the game, Coonrod cited his religion, explaining to reporters:
I meant no ill will by it. I don’t think I’m better than anybody. I’m a Christian. I believe I can’t kneel before anything but God, Jesus Christ. I chose not to kneel. I feel if I did kneel I’d be a hypocrite. I don’t want to be a hypocrite.
Commenting on Coonrod’s reasoning, Sports Illustrated opines:
If a central tenet of Christianity is treating others with love and respect, it’s not clear how not joining a call for just that would be hypocritical.
NBC Sports made a similar point:
When did real Christianity opt out of humanity? Give a pass to injustice and inequality? Decide that it’s disrespectful to offer support, if not shelter, to those in need? Does Coonrod not realize that pastors of all faiths are joining crowds around the world fighting for these very ideals?
Coonrod went on to suggest that supporting the Black Lives Matter campaign against police brutality also means supporting marxism and putting an end to the nuclear family:
I can’t get on board on a couple of things I’ve read about Black Lives Matter, how they lean toward Marxism and said some negative things about the nuclear family.
Yet, as Sports Illustrated notes, “taking a stand against inequality shouldn’t be controversial,” explaining:
The moment was not a protest. It was a carefully constructed display coordinated and approved by Major League Baseball. A recorded, uncontroversial message from Morgan Freeman played over the stadium PA system as the players kneeled and held a black ribbon.
Important note: In addition to being a Christian, Coonrod is also a Trump supporter:
— GiantsRewind (@GiantsRewind) July 24, 2020
Bottom line: Using his Christian faith as justification, San Francisco Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod refuses to take a knee for Black lives by citing his Christian faith.