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Oakland Athletics Player is First Major League Baseball Player to Kneel During National Anthem

Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League Baseball player to kneel during the national anthem Saturday, after President Trump criticized athletes for the form of protest.

Photos from the game show Maxwell kneeling with his hand on his heart and facing the American flag during the national anthem. Teammate Mark Canh was seen placing his hand on Maxwell’s shoulder.

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Maxwell is the son of a U.S. soldier and was born on a military base in Germany.

His decision to kneel follows comments from Trump during a Friday rally in Alabama in which he called on NFL owners to fire any “son of a b—-” players on their teams who kneel during the national anthem before games or disrespect the American flag.

Trump told the crowd they should leave in protest if they see a player kneeling during the anthem.

“When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem – the only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium,” Trump said. “I guarantee things will stop.”

Trump doubled down on his comments in a pair of tweets Saturday, saying NFL players who protest the flag or anthem “should find something else to do.”

Maxwell, earlier in the day, took to Twitter and Instagram to attack President Trump over the comments.

“Yeah, f— this guy! Our president speaks of inequality of man because players are protesting the anthem! F— this man! Seriously on the highest platform for our country expressing that it is OK for there to be division of man and rights!” he wrote on Instagram.

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first began the controversy last year when he began kneeling during the national anthem before football games in a statement against racial injustice and police brutality.

Other football players have followed suit, but Maxwell is the first baseball player to kneel during the anthem.

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. edith

    September 24, 2017 at 2:40 am

    not going to watch. this is your job not a platform for what you think pay for tv time out of your pocket and then have your say. better yet go into public office and fight for change. how about that.

  2. Phyllis White

    September 24, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Hopefully, more and more people will boycott the games. No one, including our President, should have vulgar language thrown their way.

  3. Fannie

    September 24, 2017 at 2:43 am

    It seems very clear to me now what the “men of sports teams” are planning. They seem to be starting a revolution of all the sports so that you and I will have nothing to watch and we will have to give in to their demands. Pretty smart if they all are allowed to get by with it. What will come next – Higher salaries – doing what they want and when they decide -(not you -but them). The list could go on and on and on and maybe it will work. I pray not – but it looks to me like they want a sports revolution to get their way. Shameful – shameful – What a concept and WOW – WHAT NEXT CAN WE EXPECT………??????????????

  4. Melissa Copenhaver

    September 24, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Why don’t these guys/gals just stand for the National Anthem and be done with the BS of sniffle sniffle cry baby I don’t wanna stand and that @*#^ who happens to be the President of the US can’t make me! These whiners get paid good money to stand and put their hand over their heart when the National Anthem is playing! Grow up.

  5. Catalina Woody

    September 24, 2017 at 2:46 am

    He should be thankful he has two legs to stand with. I have a cousin that lost his two legs and can no longer stand or play baseball. Shameful!

  6. Patrick Murphy

    September 24, 2017 at 2:55 am

    Lets boycott baseball. They are over paid whiners. “Protect your right?” Lets not forget the men and women that fought and lost their lives so you have rights!

  7. Robert

    September 24, 2017 at 2:59 am

    These guys have the right to protest, but nobody has the right to protest on company time… When you put on that uniform, you are at work.
    Hopefully MLB has a plan to end this stupid behavior before they lose control like the NFL did.. The pro players are nothing more than than entertainers. The fans don’t care what these guys think.. They just want to be entertained.. Watching spoiled brat millionaires disrespect the flag is not entertaining.

  8. Breckgirl

    September 24, 2017 at 3:01 am

    I thought baseball was American along with apple pie. I also thought of baseball as being where the smart athletes play. I’m being continually surprised by the guys we’ve always tended to idolize. Looks like we need to reevaluate our ideas of pride and worthiness.

  9. robert g bernardini

    September 24, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Monkey see monkey do the NFL is currently losing Millions of dollars because of the knee jerk reaction . I would start fining the players or at least warn them they will be fined . It’s your job not a political platform use your head if you got one . Don’t bite the hand that feeds you ! We all have jobs and there are rules and expectations do we always like them ? No but your wife and kids need rely on you to house and feed them . This guy is a clown I hope he never plays another down in the NFL go hangout with Linda Sausour that will help your image !

  10. Anassthia

    September 24, 2017 at 3:07 am

    The hell with these over paid NDL AND MLB players me and my family will leave the stadium or turn the channel if you want to loose fans this is a quick way to do it these DEFIANT MORONS WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN ENLISTED IN ANY BRANCH OF OUR ARMED SERVICES SO THEY ARE ARROGANT AND IGNORANT AND ANTI AMERICAN. THESE PEOPLE IF THEY HATE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE AND HATE THE NATIONAL ANTHEM THEN THEY CAN LEAVE THIS GREAT COUNTY AND SEE IF THEY CAN MAKE THE NONEY THEY MAKE HERE PAID IN AMERICAN DOLLARS ELSE WHERE. I BET THEY CANT

  11. Anassthia

    September 24, 2017 at 3:22 am

    Turn off tv or change Chanel or just vacate the stadium. This is the quickest way to loose fans.

  12. Mike

    September 24, 2017 at 3:25 am

    I now refuse to attend or watch any professional NFL, NBA, or MLB skirmish. American News sources need to quit reporting on these Haters. If only encourages their anti Amercan agenda.

  13. Vic Bailey

    September 24, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Just another piece of Socialist Liberal SHIT! He is standing up for the Niggly Bears that would Kill him if they get the chance. They only know the WRONG TRUTH, NOT THE REAL TRUTH, about all the murders that are done by Blacks to OTHER BLACKS and Whites, Asians, Mexicans, Gays, Old Folks, Rapimg Old Grandmothers, BUT YOU DUMB BASTARDS keep taking up for the BLM (Black Lying Mongrels) and see who lives the longest! Your days are numbered! Semper Fi.

  14. Sidney Smith

    September 24, 2017 at 3:49 am

    You should be the first to be fired Brucie BOY!

  15. Sal belardo

    September 24, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Another child in a grown up body taking a knee! If we have to stop watching pro baseball games so be it! The only thing more boring than a Pro baseball game is a soccer game!!

  16. Barbara

    September 24, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Boycott any team from any sport who disrespects this country!!! They get paid obscene amounts of money to play a game and we are paying for it.

  17. william

    September 26, 2017 at 4:13 am

    you white piece of trash you, how dare you, go back to mcdonald’s where you was making a better living, ‘ I GUESS ‘ you ungrateful son of a bitch !!!

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