금요일에, Kapler said he will skip the anthem “until I feel better about the direction of our country.”
His comments were accompanied by a written statement on his website sharing his thoughts after 19 children and two teachers were killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, 텍사스, by a lone, 18-year-old gunman.
In the blog post, Kapler questioned whether the country’s leadership is committed to representing its people’s best interests and whether the United States is truly “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
La Russa said he respects Kapler personally and professionally and agrees “there’s a lot of concern” around the US.
“I would never not stand up for the anthem or the flag,” La Russa said. “Maybe just because I’m older, and I’ve been around veterans more than the average person.
“You need to understand what the veterans think when they hear the anthem, or they see the flag and the cost they paid and their families paid.
“And if you understand that, I think it’s impossible not to salute the flag and listen to the anthem.”