Batter Up: First US Baseball Player Joins American Football Protests

Bruce Maxwell, Athletics catcher, becomes first MLB player to kneel during national anthem

A's catcher Bruce Maxwell becomes first MLB player to kneel during the national anthem

Since the 1940s, baseball players have been standing and listening to the US anthem playing before a league match.

"I think people should be able to express themselves". I'd like to believe I would, but it's food for thought. You talk about diverse backgrounds. "It bothers me, and it hits home for me because that's where I'm from. That's the part that's really disappointing".

And 3 - I loves me some Bruce Maxwell, my new favorite Athletic. He entered the season as the A's 10th-best prospect, according to Baseball America. I have hope, though, that the stadium timeline is conservative, and the expressed commitment to hold this group together is real. The left-hander is 7-1 with a 2.62 ERA in 13 starts since the All-Star break. With more players kneeling during the anthem, it became a matter of time before other sports joined in.

The point of my kneeling was not to disrespect our military or our constitution or our country.

Why did he do it?

I respect that, also. What I'm doing is for a meaning.

Here is Maxwell's statement to the press, sincere and eloquent. I'm proud to be an American. Our greatest privilege among many is the right to speak out, without fear of government censorship. "Our paychecks don't silence us". "We respect and support all our players' constitutional rights and freedom of expression", the organization said. It takes money to play at the highest amateur levels.

Bruce Maxwell, Athletics catcher, becomes first MLB player to kneel during national anthem
Athletics' Bruce Maxwell first MLB player to kneel during national anthem

Maxwell's tweets Saturday made it clear that Trump's verbiage took the movement to another level: "This now has gone from just a BlackLives Matter topic to just complete inequality of any man or woman that wants to stand for Their rights!"

Despite not joining the protest, though, Archer is on Maxwell's side. This goes beyond the black community.

During a rally on Friday night, President Donald Trump outraged dozens of professional athletes when he implicitly called Kaepernick a "son of a bitch" and asked for athletes protesting to be fired. Maxwell kneeled anyway because he felt his message and the amplification of it was more important than his job security.

Lance McCullers (7-3, 3.97) pitches for the AL West champion Astros when they host the Los Angeles Angels at night. I think that's what we're seeing now.

Trump was right about athletes in other sports starting to kneel and his words only inspired others to action. Ravens Hall of Famer Ray Lewis also took a knee during the anthem. But this is a different issue.

Born in Germany into a military family, Maxwell grew up in Alabama and was a second-round pick for Oakland in 2012 out of Birmingham-Southern College.

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