It looks like Trump's comments about Steph Curry, Colin Kaepernick, Charlottesville and more, are becoming more than any one can ignore. Bruce Maxwell, rookie catcher for the Oakland A's, took a knee during tonight's game against the Texas Rangers. He is the first player to take a knee in the the MLB this season. Not only was he at the front of the line, but his team mate, Mark Canha, a San Jose native, stood with his hand on his shoulder showing support and solidarity. RESPECT!
This, after a series of tweets this morning responding to Trump's speech where he said national anthem protesters should be fired and referred to Colin Kaepernick as a "son of a b*tch."
Maxwell, a 26-year-old second-year catcher for Oakland, was profiled by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle:
Maxwell was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, when his father, who also is named Bruce, was stationed there with the Army. The younger Maxwell is highly patriotic - he took great pride in the July 4 uniforms and catcher’s gear he received this year - so his decision to kneel appears to be entirely in opposition to Trumps comments and in solidarity with the NFL players who have taken a knee for the anthem.
The A’s, immediately upon Maxwell’s anthem protest, issued a statement of support.“The Oakland A’s pride ourselves on being inclusive,” the statement read. “We respect and support all of our players’ constitutional rights and freedom of expression.”