Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton kneels during anthem for second time
After Giancarlo Stanton knelt through the nationwide anthem earlier than the second recreation of the Yankees’ season, the slugger stated he supposed to maintain up the protest all through the season.
He did so once more earlier than Saturday night time’s recreation towards the Crimson Sox at Yankee Stadium.
Stanton was joined by Aaron Hicks the first time, with the pair saying they have been protesting racial inequality. Hicks was out of the lineup Saturday and never on the sphere earlier than the sport.
Explaining his choice on July 25 in Washington, D.C., Stanton stated he took a knee “simply to indicate that we’re nonetheless on this struggle. [I] simply needed to reiterate that it will possibly’t be misplaced. It’s vital to maintain this motion ahead with a easy message, [then] exit and play. I believed it was the suitable factor to do.”
Saturday was the primary time Stanton or some other Yankee did so once more.
“Plenty of my teammates haven’t skilled a number of the issues that I’ve,’’ Stanton stated final weekend. “Some have. [I] simply give them a little bit perception on the day by day lives that we’ve gone by means of rising up. I might say it’s a little bit completely different now as a result of we’re standard, extra conscious however on the similar time, you possibly can’t overlook how issues obtained right here.”
Stanton additionally added he needed to “take the warmth” going ahead — and never his teammates.