Chris Woodward Explains Texas Rangers Decision to Kneel Before the National Anthem
On the historic opening of the 2020 MLB season at Globe Life Field, the Rangers took a knee to support racial equality.
During the post-game press conference, Rangers’ manager Chris Woodward spoke on the team’s decision.
“It’s a deep issue – a very, very deep issue. That was a very powerful decision for me. There’s so many thoughts and emotions that go into a decision you make like that. I have very close friends of mine that are African American, and had many conversations of the injustices they’ve had. These are experiences that I’ve personally heard and they are powerful to me. The empathy that I have for them, and what they’ve gone through, I haven’t had to go through that.”
Woodward also responded to backlash from fans misinterpreting team’s decision to kneel before the anthem.
“I don’t read social media, but I heard some comments that made me angry. We all stood for the anthem, we did not disrespect our flag and we did not disrespect our country. We were kneeling in support of racial equality and in the fight against social injustice. It was a powerful moment for me, and i wanted to make sure i had my players and staff members’ backs that are African American”, he finished.
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