First MLB player kneels during national anthem

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As the football world waits to witness the impact of President Trump’s challenge to NFL players regarding the national anthem protests, a Major League Baseball player has engaged in a protest during the national anthem for the first time.

Via Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell decided to kneel for the national anthem. He did so with his hand on his heart and facing the flag.

Maxwell is reacting to the comments of President Trump, who focused initially on the NFL but then targeted all professional athletes on Twitter.

“Don’t be surprised if you start seeing athletes kneeling in other sports now!! Comments like that coming from our president. WOW!” Maxwell said on Twitter. “This now has gone from just a Black Lives Matter topic to just complete inequality of any man or woman that wants to stand for their rights!”

The 26-year-old Maxwell was born at a military installation in Germany, where his father served in the Army.

24 responses to “First MLB player kneels during national anthem

  1. Teehee, soon the “my way/highway” crowd will have no sports to watch. No NFL, no NBA, now no MLB!!! Because you know everyone who says they’re done watching will clearly stop watching:) Hahahahaha!

  2. who cares the anthem doesn’t and shouldn’t be played at sporting events it has nothing to do with sports and those who say the military is why we get to play these sports, i believe a lot of countries that are free and not as free have sports they are entertainment

  3. Teehee, soon the “my way/highway” crowd will have no sports to watch. No NFL, no NBA, now no MLB!!! Because you know everyone who says they’re done watching will clearly stop watching:) Hahahahaha!

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    They’ve been saying it for a year but seem to always be here talking about the games they’ve watched.

  4. He didn’t target all professional athletes.

    He only targeted the bums who kneel, like this bum who plays for the As.
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    Well, at least he isn’t an orange, sub-human nazi sympathizer. Although, we all know there are some “very fine people” among them.

  5. stephenb1024 says:
    September 23, 2017 at 9:49 pm
    So the kneeling is in protest of “injustice” or protesting the President?
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    At this point, what’s the difference?

  6. Good for Bruce Maxwell! And before all of the deniers start to do the classic racist move of changing the narrative (from a NONviolent protest to some sort of anti-American, anti-veteran narrative), HE IS FROM A MILITARY FAMILY.

    He is not disrespecting the country. He is showing support for the movement. There is a YUUUUUUUGE (the size of Ghina) difference.

  7. benmci says: Maxwell – batter up – HIGH HEAT up and away – hit by the pitch.

    Well, if it is up and away, it is most likely a passed ball or wild pitch unless it’s a fan in the stands that is hit. Away means away from the batter. Up and in is the pitch that would result in someone being hit by a pitch. God bless sports “fans”.

  8. Rest assured, any uptick in the number of national anthem protests across the sports world in the wake of President Trump’s remarks is likely to be short-lived. I wouldn’t underestimate the President. Remember the last time the liberal elites did that? We witnessed the biggest upset in U.S. political history. There’s a method to the President’s “madness” here. He knows that bedrock America is solidly behind him on this issue. Sure, we can all agree players have a First Amendment right to sit during the anthem. But doing so for any extended period will undoubtedly backfire, resulting in a drop in viewer ratings. And what’s bad for business is bad for the players.

  9. I think those who find these “protesters”offensive should boycott watching or attending NFL games for a week or two. Lodge your displeasure with ratings and see how these clowns – owners, players and useful idiot media types – explain that away.

  10. benmci says:
    September 23, 2017 at 10:04 pm
    Maxwell – batter up – HIGH HEAT up and away – hit by the pitch. God Bless America
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    You support violence for people you disagree with politically?

    And you have the audacity to think Kaepernick and all the other protesters are somehow in the wrong?

    #TakeAKnee

  11. xpensivewinos says:
    September 23, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Well, at least he isn’t an orange, sub-human nazi sympathizer. Although, we all know there are some “very fine people” among them.

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    The sad thing is, you actually believe that.

    Meanwhile Obama could murder American children, ramp up spying, the militarization of police, actively support Svoboda in Ukraine which ARE Nazi’s, fund/arm/train terrorists, bail out Wall Street, not prosecute Wall Street….

    Hey Trump might turn out bad, but he has done NOTHING like Bill, Hillary, George W. Bush, and Obama did.

    Our country has lost its mind. Actually it lost it around 2001, but now people are so screwed up they think mindless idiocy is a good way to enact change.

  12. “Meanwhile Obama could murder American children, ramp up spying, the militarization of police, actively support Svoboda in Ukraine which ARE Nazi’s, fund/arm/train terrorists, bail out Wall Street, not prosecute Wall Street….”

    The sad thing is you actually believe that…

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