Max Kepler Says He 'Wasn't Aware' of What Blue Lives Matter Mask Represented After Backlash
Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler has sparked controversy on Thursday night as he wore a "Blue Lives Matter" mask while Minneapolis was set ablaze by protesters demanding justice for George Floyd.
Floyd died on Monday while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department and his death has triggered widespread protests across the country.
Characterized by a black and white American flag with a singular blue stripe in the middle, the "Blue Lives Matter" flag represents the countermovement to the "Black Lives Matter" organization that has championed protests against police brutality.
The use of blue in the flag is believed to be a nod to police forces across the U.S., which predominantly tend to wear blue uniforms.
Kepler, however, insisted he was unaware of the significance of the symbol as he grew up in Germany, where police forces wear green uniforms.
"Didn't know what the blue line stood for," he said on Twitter in response to a fan questioning his choice of attire.
The Twins outfielder, who made his MLB debut in 2015, eventually deleted the picture from Instagram before posting a lengthy apology in his Instagram stories.
"Earlier, I posted a photo of me in a mask that was sent to me by a company, to wear during the pandemic," he wrote.
"I had no idea that the mask had any underlying inferences—I simply thought it looked good. After I was informed, I immediately took down the post.
"I take complete responsibility for not knowing what I was wearing. I am truly ...
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