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San Francisco Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod has become a hero to the right and an enemy to the left for doing the apparently unthinkable and remaining standing during his team’s widely panned Black Lives Matter kneel-a-thon on Thursday.
During a pregame so-called “moment of unity,” every member of the San Fransico Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers kneeled in honor of the BLM movement, save for Coonrod, who chose to remain standing.
Watch (he can barely be seen in the upper-right-hand corner):
“Today, we are one.”
Posted by Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, July 23, 2020
Following the game, he explained the reasoning behind his decision.
“I meant no ill will by it. I don’t think I’m better than anyone. I’m a Christian. I just believe I can’t kneel before anything besides God — Jesus Christ,” he reportedly said.
“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.”
He added that he “just can’t get on board with a couple things I’ve read about Black Lives Matter. How they lean towards Marxism and … they said some negative things about the nuclear family.”
That they have indeed, though his willingness to stand up for his Christian beliefs and speak the truth about the radical BLM movement predictably provoked backlash from the movement’s notably hateful followers.
Sam Coonrod is a waste of roster space. Can we please send him back to whatever town white supremicists come from so he can get back to “kneeling for God only” and stop costing us runs? #BlackLivesMatter
— Kristen⁷ (@kchermosillo) July 25, 2020
I can’t say I’m shocked that a White @MLB player with the last name #Coonrod decided to NOT kneel in honor of #BlackLivesMatter with all the other players. The sad part is he hid under the cover of being a Christian? You can’t make this stuff up.😂
— Carlos Scott (@NVisionMarketin) July 25, 2020
Coonrod is a racist, and his ‘religion’ is white nationalism.
— 🛸👽 Alien Crow Bait ☘️ ☠️ (@mr_katfish665) July 25, 2020
This isn’t Christianity or faith. It’s white supremacy and ignorance using religion as a vehicle. I’m really surprise you are @SFGiants Sam Coonrod’s apologist.
— Patrick Muller (@iowayow) July 24, 2020
Would have at least a drop of respect for Sam Coonrod if he just admitted that he’s a racist instead of coming with the bullshit excuse that he came up with.
— Jazz J (@MrDoNumbers) July 25, 2020
“You don’t get it, I’m Christian. I HAVE to be racist!” -Sam Coonrod, apparently
— Mike Peters (@lolatmikepeters) July 25, 2020
Stand proud and be a white Christian racist, that can’t possibly understand or show empathy #Coonrod History will not forget how ugly you are right now
— Blackout_Voteout (@PollSimple) July 25, 2020
Wow, I hope your teammates take aim at you Sam Coonrod and clearly you have no empathy for the racial issues which are present in this country. You are clearly a racist!
— shad smith (@DHAMBAATC) July 25, 2020
But what he said was right. Furthermore, if Coonrod is a “racist” and “white supremacist” for being critical of BLM, then what are conservative activist Niger Innis and retired NFL defensive end Marcellus Wiley, two black men who’ve said the exact same things about the radical Black Lives Matter movement?
Speaking on Fox News early last month, Innis warned that BLM is a radical group that seeks to “overthrow Western civilization” and that it takes its “instructions” and “guidance from the Marxist playbook.”
“The BLM movement, Black Lives Matter movement was founded by Alicia Garza and a number of other co-founders that were promoting a hard Marxist and LGBT agenda,” Innis explained.
Listen via Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle“:
Weeks later on ESPN, on Fox Sports, Wiley expressed the same sentiment, adding that BLM’s mission statement directly contradicts his values.
“I don’t know how many people really look into the mission statement of Black Lives Matter, but I did. And when you look into it, there’s a couple of things that jump out to me. And I’m a black man who has been black and my life has mattered since 1974. And this organization was founded in 2013 and I’m proud of you but I’ve been fighting this fight for me and for others a lot longer,” he said.
“Two things: My family structure is so vitally important to me. Not only the one I grew up in but the one I am trying to create right now. Being a father and a husband, that’s my mission in life right now. How do I reconcile that with this, the mission statement that says, ‘We dismantle the patriarchal practice. We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement.'”
So are they “racists” and “white supremacists” too, or is there a chance perhaps that all three men — Coonrod, Innis and Wiley — are honest men of integrity who simply refuse to compromise their values at the altar of the BLM religion?
In fact, to some, they — especially Coonrod — are more than just honest men. They’re heroes.
Giants Sam Coonrod a hero. I only bend the knee for my god & my wife. https://t.co/hC3uLl7XTx
— Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO (@nyunggai) July 25, 2020
He’s a hero in my eyes Sam Coonrod he’s got my loyalty https://t.co/L7FVaKjH1k
— Dory O’Toole (@commodory) July 24, 2020
Sam Coonrod is a true American hero.
— TruthWillPrevail677 (@LoveIsWay67) July 25, 2020
My hero is Sam Coonrod!
— WINGMAN (@Wing3Bob) July 25, 2020
Sam Coonrod I take my hat to you , may God Bless you and favor you. You got real Cjones and are a real HERO!
— Gabriela C. Kossakoski (@CKossakoski) July 24, 2020
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