A's catcher Bruce Maxwell kneels for national anthem

Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell left is embraced by teammate Mark Canha right after Maxwell knelt for the national anthem before the start of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Saturday Sept. 23 2017 in Oakland Calif. (AP

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

Since no Major League Baseball player previously had kneeled for the anthem, Maxwell is apparently reacting to the comments of President Trump, who focused initially on the NFL but then targeted all professional athletes on Twitter.

The NFL issued a statement on Saturday morning addressing the remarks as did numerous NFL's owners and players.

Maxwell knelt for the anthem in Oakland prior to the A's taking on the Texas Rangers. He dropped to one knee and put his cap over his heart. 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 National Football League players who have taken a knee for the anthem. "We respect and support all our players' constitutional rights and freedom of expression".

Maxwell comes from a military background.

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In 2015, Maxwell, the son of a U.S. Army veteran, told the Midland Reporter-Telegram that he was excited to play a game on the Fourth of July as he was born on a U.S. Military installation in Wiesbaden, Germany, while his father, Bruce Jr., did a tour of duty overseas with the U.S. Army.

Maxwell is hitting.244 with 20 runs, 12 doubles, three home runs and 21 RBIs. "I take it a little more personal". "I guarantee things will stop". He was drafted in the second round in 2012 out of Birmingham-Southern College.

NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial violence last NFL season.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group.

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