San Francisco Giants Pitcher Sam Coonrod was the only player who stood the National Anthem during MLB’s Opening Day pre-game ceremony on Thursday but, thanks to the internet, he is no longer alone.
Today, and every day, we come together as brothers. As equals, all with the same goal – to level the playing field. To change the injustices. Equality is not just a word. It’s our right!
Today we stand as men from 25 nations on 6 continents.
Today, we are one. pic.twitter.com/vKUGdRfwgQ
— MLB (@MLB) July 23, 2020
Coonrod’s bravery to stand for what he believes drew praise from many people online and, on Saturday evening, he picked up another big supporter: Actor Kevin Sorbo.
Sorbo, a conservative actor, vocalized support for the pitcher and similarly disagreed with the political agenda of Black Lives Matter—the group leading the movement against police brutality.
“I just 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,” Coonrod said via Fox News, explaining his decision to stand for the anthem.
“I don’t think I’m better than anybody. I’m just a Christian,” he added. “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.”
Sorbo shared a graphic of Coonrod and added: “Yep…it is right on their website. Just look at it.”
Yep…it is right on their website. Just look at it. https://t.co/iE1Yp3kMao
— Kevin Sorbo (@ksorbs) July 26, 2020
Sorbo also shared the following meme:
— Kevin Sorbo (@ksorbs) July 25, 2020
Here’s what some other people said about Coonrod’s decision:
Let’s not forget: Sam Coonrod still held the black curtain with his teammates in support of unity and racial equality. He just chose not to kneel for an organization that didn’t align with his values. So if players don’t kneel for BLM, they’re racist?
— Trevor Oaks (@trevoaks) July 24, 2020
I appreciate that Sam Coonrod’s commitment is to the Lord Jesus Christ above all else. He has enough guts to state the truth about the Black Lives Matters organization & to stand for his convictions—even if it means standing alone. God bless him! https://t.co/sz3r9sn9OV
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) July 25, 2020
Sports Illustrated said this man "hid" behind his religion. The walk of a practicing Christian is lonely. Takes courage. https://t.co/vXqL4lTN4j
— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) July 24, 2020
While pro sports proceeds to prostrate themselves to the America-hating Left, a handful of real men stand up. Thank you. But the fury of the mob descends.
Will the fans stick with leagues & players that mock, lecture & belittle them? https://t.co/Yqb5lPWgvd
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 24, 2020
— Aubrey Huff (@aubrey_huff) July 24, 2020
This is our new favorite player. https://t.co/MKlewx3A7b
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) July 24, 2020
BRAVERY IN 2020:
"I’m a Christian. I believe that I can’t kneel before anything besides God. I just can’t get on board with a couple things I’ve read about BLM, how they lean towards Marxism. They said some negative things about the nuclear family."
– Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod pic.twitter.com/IQzCDxCO7N
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 24, 2020
It’s a symptom of our time that it takes more guts to stand during a BLM ceremony than to kneel during the National Anthem https://t.co/SC9DkFK1ZD
— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) July 25, 2020
.@SFGiants Sam Coonrod went from 1,200 followers on IG…to 40,000 in one day. The silent majority is alive and well.
— Aubrey Huff (@aubrey_huff) July 25, 2020