Oakland's Maxwell first MLB player to kneel during anthem

Bruce Maxwell

On a side note, Saturday night was "Star Wars" night for the A's. You get the freedom to make your own decisions. These are business gatherings, after all, having more to do with money and fandom than civics.

When the Alabama native entered professional ball, Maxwell struggled at catcher as he soon discovered how demanding the position is at the next level.

Minutes later, the A's issued a statement supporting Maxwell. He also held a team meeting in which he addressed questions from teammates.

"He's always fought with his offensive approach". Given the disaster the protests have been for the NFL's popularity one can only imagine MLB isn't thrilled about this development, especially with baseball's all-important postseason just around the corner.

Within the A's clubhouse, Maxwell's teammates generally gave carefully worded responses when asked about the topic of him kneeling for the anthem. Maxwell was out of the lineup and was scheduled to undergo concussion protocol tests on Saturday, Melvin said. Kaepernick said the silent protest was meant to bring awareness to injustices against minorities in the United States.

Last year Maxwell began to turn the corner as he tossed out 37 percent of attempted base stealers, an above-average rate and vast improvement. He has three home runs and 21 runs batted in 71 games this season.

"We call these guys 'keyboard warriors, '" Maxwell said.

"My kneeling, the way I did it, was to symbolise that I'm kneeling for a cause, but I'm in no way or form disrespecting my country or my flag", he added. Bigger than the uniform I put on every day. Expect to see many more demonstrations in the weeks to come.

Maxwell said after Sunday's game that he's received threats since kneeling, including racial epithets and warnings "to watch my back".

Meanwhile, Mike Tomlin, coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, announced Sunday that his team would not "participate in the anthem" in the afternoon game against the Chicago Bears. "He is extremely talented".

Maxwell's teammate Mark Canha placed his hand on his shoulder in support as Maxwell protested. I think it just kind of sends a message if it's done tastefully. After those statements about NFL players protesting, and his reaction to Stephen Curry saying he would not go to the White House, it was inevitable that other players would show solidarity.

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