Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Oakland's Maxwell first Major League Baseball player to kneel during anthem

This comes one day after a speech by President Donald Trump on Friday during which he said national anthem protestors should be fired, comments that were called "divisive" by the NFL. Our president speaks of inequality of man because players are protesting the anthem!

League executives and star players alike condemned Trump's words on Saturday, and Maxwell predicted on Twitter that athletes would begin kneeling in other sports following "comments like that coming from our president". He added, "Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out!" The Warriors subsequently announced none of the team would go when they make their trip to Washington, D.C., in February to celebrate their 2017 NBA Finals victory. But in the middle of today's whirlwind battle of words and tweets between the President of the United States and athletes of all colors and sports, Maxwell made a decision to take a stand.

Shortly after Maxwell kneeled, the A's released this statement that say, "The Oakland A's pride ourselves on being inclusive".

The player will now likely face a litany of questions not necessarily pertaining to baseball.

"Bruce's father is a proud military lifer".

Here is a photo of Maxwell kneeling from Santiago Mejia of the San Francisco Chronicle.

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