Giants manager says 'nothing more patriotic than peaceful protests' after Trump criticizes team for kneeling during national anthem

    Brandon Crawford stands in the middle of Pablo Sandoval, manager Gabe Kapler, Mike Yastrzemski and coach Andy King (L-R) of the San Francisco Giants during the National Anthem before their exhibition game against the Oakland Athletics at Oracle Park.

    (CNN)San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler responded Tuesday to criticism from President Donald Trump after he and members of the team took a knee during the national anthem before a game this week.

    "My response is I don't see it as disrespect at all,'' Kapler said.
    "I see nothing more American than standing up for what you believe in. I see nothing more patriotic than peaceful protests when things are frustrating and upsetting," Kapler said.
      Kapler knelt alongside multiple Giants players during the anthem in Monday's game against the Oakland Athletics.
      The Giants' posted a video of its team members kneeling on the team's official Twitter account with the caption "#BlackLivesMatter."
      Trump, a frequent critic of anthem protests, responded in a tweet.
      "Looking forward to live sports, but any time I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem, a sign of great disrespect for our Country and our Flag, the game is over for me!" Trum