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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Oakland A’s support catcher Bruce Maxwell kneeling during national anthem

Bruce Maxwell

MLB has its first national anthem kneeler.

Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell knelt during the national anthem played before Saturday’s A’s-Rangers game in Oakland.

Maxwell is African-American, and despite kneeling, the San Francisco Chronicle describes him as very patriotic. You can see he held his cap over his heart for the anthem. They say his father was in the Army.

Maxwell appeared to be moved to kneel after being troubled by President Trump’s “son of a b—-” comment Friday night about those who kneel in the NFL. Take a look at what he wrote on Twitter:

Maxwell, 26, has been in concussion protocol since taking a foul ball off his mask on Wednesday. The catcher is batting .244 on the season.

The A’s may have known about Maxwell’s plans to kneel, because they sent this statement of supporting shortly after the anthem:

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