Tigers To Take Part In Social Justice Demonstration Friday Night

It's unclear if any players will kneel for the anthem.

Will Burchfield
July 24, 2020 - 1:47 pm

Several Tigers remained inside the clubhouse during the national anthem before the team's exhibition game in Cincinnati on Tuesday, but that won't be the case Friday night. Ron Gardenhire said both the Tigers and the Reds will be on the field as one to take part in a demonstration against racial and social injustice. 

It will be similar to scene in the nation's capital Thursday night when the Nationals and Yankees knelt along the foul lines and held a 200-yard black ribbon during a moment of silence before the playing of the anthem. 

"They’ve got some things planned here at the ballpark (in Cincinnati). We’re all going to be together out on the field, both teams, doing the same type of stuff. That’s through MLB to raise awareness obviously, and then you go play a baseball game," Gardenhire told the Jamie and Stoney Show.

It's unclear if any members of the Tigers will kneel for the anthem. Those who were on the field Tuesday night stood while the song was played. Gardenhire said he'll support his players either way.

"I believe in my guys. I told them, 'You take a stand, you do what you have to do. I've got no problem with that whatsoever.' And I have no problem with those guys on the other side kneeling. That doesn’t bother me one bit. They’re kneeling for a reason, and there is a good reason here. We're united, baseball's united," he said.