San Francisco Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod refused to take a knee during a Black Lives Matter moment of silence prior to the national anthem Thursday night before playing against the L.A. Dodgers.
Coonrod said his Christian faith and personal feelings concerning the Black Lives Matter movement kept him from kneeling with his teammates.
"I'm a Christian, like I said, and I just can't get on board with a couple of things that I have read about Black Lives Matter," Coonrod said. "How they lean toward Marxism and they've said some negative things about the nuclear family. I just can't get on board with that."
Coonrod remained standing during the national anthem and was joined by several players from both teams.
The Giants made waves this week when manager Gabe Kapler and several Giants' players kneeled during the anthem prior to their exhibition game against the Athletics.
After the Giants' 8-1 season-opening loss to the Dodgers, Kapler said he had spoken with Coonrod and that both respected each other's opinion on the issue.
"He's not going to get mad if I disagree with him," Coonrod said. "I think that's part of the problem nowadays. People get mad whenever someone disagrees. I'm not mad at someone that decided to kneel. I think it's not too much to ask that I just get the same respect, you know?"
Coonrod reiterated that he meant "no ill will" by refusing to kneel, but that he "can't kneel before anything besides God."
"I don't think I'm better than anyone," Coonrod said after the game. "I chose not to kneel. I feel that if I did kneel, I would be being a hypocrite. I didn't want to be a hypocrite. Like I said, I didn't mean any ill will toward anyone."