timberland custom Bruce Maxwell becomes first MLB player to kneel during national anthem
Saturday morning, Maxwell, who is African American, took a strong stand on Instagram against Trump’s remarks about NFL players who choose to kneel during the National Anthem.
After Trump’s comments urging NFL owners to fire any players who kneel for the anthem, Maxwell posted a tweet from Andrew Steinthal that suggested that all NFL players should kneel for the anthem on Sunday. Below the post, Maxwell added in a comment, “Yeah, f this guy! Our president speaks of inequality of man because players are protesting the anthem! F this man!
Seriously on the highest platform for our country expressing that it is OK for there to be division of man and rights!”
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.
Maxwell was not in the lineup Saturday because he is going through the concussion protocol after taking a foul ball off the mask Wednesday at Detroit. I respect his decision. He’s just exercising his rights as an American.”
Canha said, “Every fiber of my being was telling me that he (Maxwell) needed a brother today. I’m going to be there with Bruce every day.”
Maxwell also told reporters he plans to continue kneeling.
While numerous players and athletes in other sports have joined Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protest over the past year, no big leaguer had done so before Maxwell. A year ago, Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones, who is African American,
told USA Today that no major leaguers had followed suit “because baseball is a white man’s sport.”