Red Sox address the prospect of players taking a knee


With games starting, baseball isn't the only conversation being had among the players, coaches and executives.

Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke relayed that the discussion on how the players might approach surfacing concerns for social issues were part of a team Zoom call Tuesday, with the club opening a forum for conversations on the matter.

"Certainly, it’s been a topic, Roenicke said.

"We’ve had lots of discussions about this. We had another one today with the team on another zoom call. Obviously a very important topic. As far as I know, we don’t have guys that are going to take a knee but certainly, we will join in with the other concerns and its a very strong statement we have for this organization and how we feel about the fight on equality and so we’ll see. We haven’t told players you have to do anything. We’ve given them the rights which is what this country is all about and the freedom to do what they feel strongly about. So we have said what we think and what we’d like them to do but we also want to give them the opportunity to express themselves."

Part of the reason for the subject being surfaced was seeing Giants manager Gabe Kapler among those who took a knee during the National Anthem. And while Roenicke noted that he believed it wasn't approach planned on by any of the Red Sox, the players have been made aware that if such a stance is taken the organization won't stand in their way.

"If they want to take a knee -- I don’t know that anybody is going to do that -- but I'm just telling you that if they want to we support them in whatever they want to do," he said.

"We’re all supportive of what the fight is about and so I think that by making sure that they know where we feel and whether it’s John (Henry) and Tom (Werner) or Sam (Kennedy) or Chaim (Bloom). They’ve all said the same thing, that we’re supporting the BLM (Black Lives Matter) and we’re going to do what we need to do here to make sure the players know that we support whatever they do but whatever they do. But also they have the freedom that if they choose to do something else that we support whatever they choose to do."