Cardinals’ Wainwright Says Christian Faith Led Him to Wear Black Lives Matter Shirt


Cardinals’ Wainwright Says Christian Faith Led Him to Wear Black Lives Matter Shirt

One of Major League Baseball’s top pitchers says his Christian faith and his love for his teammates compelled him to wear a Black Lives Matter shirt as a show of unity.

St. Louis veteran Adam Wainwright and the rest of the Cardinals wore Black Lives Matter shirts prior to Friday’s season opener, sparking some pushback and even criticism that Wainwright wasn’t being true to his faith.

But Wainwright – a three-time All-Star – said it was an easy decision after hearing from Cardinals coaches and players who are black.

“As a Christian man, my job first and foremost is to love my neighbor and to love my teammates and to love my friends and my family the best way I know how,” Wainwright told the Belleville News-Democrat. “We had a big team meeting the other day, and Dexter [Fowler] and Willie [McGee] and Jack [Flaherty] spoke – just going over some of the things that they’ve felt their entire lives. And they looked at us and they said, ‘Hey, it would really mean a lot to us if y’all would join us in this movement.’ And you don’t have to tell me anything else besides that. When my teammate looks at me and says he’s in need, he needs me to stand up for him, that’s great.”

Wainwright is known around the league as an outspoken Christian. This year, he led an online Bible study that involved thousands of people.

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