Mookie betts fell to his knees during the national anthem ahead of his first game with the Dodgers on Thursday … and some of his teammates, including NL MVP Cody bellinger, showed major support for the movement.
The new superstar outfielder showed his dismay at the social injustice in America by kneeling down for the song ahead of the Dodgers’ home opener against the Giants … and Bellinger and Max Muncy jumped quickly to his side.
Belli put his right hand on Betts ‘left shoulder, while Muncy put his left hand on Betts’ right … and afterwards the new Dodgers star said he hoped his actions could bring changes.
“I know my dad served and I will never disrespect the flag,” Betts said, “but there has to be a change in the world too, and kneeling has nothing to do with those who have served our country. “
Mookie added: “Today was just to unify the two sides and just to show that we are here for change.”
Betts says he’s unsure if he will continue to kneel throughout the season … he told reporters he wanted to focus more on tangible actions rather than protests ahead.
“I think getting down on our knees is definitely something that shows we need a change,” Betts said, “but also I have to put in action as far as MLB.”
No other Dodgers have joined Betts on their knees … however, several Giants players have continued their tradition of kneeling at the opposing backline.
Major League Baseball, meanwhile, did their part in recognizing the fight for racial equality on opening day Thursday … they played Black Lives Matter videos ahead of the Dodgers game and the Yankees-Nationals.
The league also asked players to join in holding a long sheet of black cloth … while many other members of the Yanks, Nationals, Giants and Dodgers knelt down to show their unity just before let the national anthems begin to play.
Several players also wore Black Lives Matter badges on their sleeves … while pitchers planted on mounds that BLM was inscribed on.