OAKLAND (AP) — Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland A’s has become the first major league baseball player to kneel during the national anthem.

Maxwell dropped to a knee just outside Oakland’s dugout on Saturday, adopting a protest started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in response to police treatment of blacks. Maxwell’s teammates stood in a line next to him. Teammate Mark Canha, who is white, put his right hand on one of Maxwell’s shoulders.

The Athletics released a statement on Twitter shortly after the anthem, saying they “respect and support all of our players’ constitutional rights and freedom of expression.”

Maxwell’s protest comes after President Donald Trump denounced protests by NFL players and rescinded a White House invitation for NBA champion Stephen Curry in a two-day rant that targeted top professional athletes.

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Comments (4)
  1. Dennis Ruyle says:

    I am a lifelong A’s fan and I am disappointed at the stance the management is taking. Fans pay good money to go to a game for enjoyment, entertainment and to be able to escape the stress of daily life for a few hours. We are not paying to see overpaid athletes make political statements. They have their 1st amendment rights but they are also employees that represent their organization. A large majority of fans respect our flag and love our country including respect for the veterans that paid the ultimate price defending our/their rights and country. When fans get fed up with the disrespect WE WILL STOP COMING. The management has every right to support or end this disrespect. It’s their choice but take a good look at the NFL, they are dying a slow death because of fans boycotting the games and sponsors. Charlie O and Catfish Hunter must be looking down and shaking their heads in disgust at these clowns.