A's Bruce Maxwell says he will not kneel during the national anthem in 2018
Last season Maxwell became the first MLB player to kneel during the anthem
"Obviously, I didn't take that lightly," Maxwell said of his decision to kneel last fall. "That was to bring awareness to a problem and the face we do see it, we do experience and we have empathy for what's going on. This year I don't plan on kneeling. … And we'll move on forward."
Maxwell later released the following statement:
"As a member of a military family, I respect the sacrifices of the men and women who served and continue to serve our country. The purpose of the gesture was to raise awareness about social issues affecting our country, and while I'm looking forward to a society that is inclusive, empathetic and a welcoming place, I will not continue the symbolic gesture of taking a knee during our National Anthem this season."
A's manager Bob Melvin agreed with Maxwell's decision to no longer kneel during the anthem:
Over the winter MLB.. His legal case is pending and Maxwell will likely face discipline from
Maxwell, 27, is slated to be Oakland's starting catcher this season. He hit .237/.329/.333 with three home runs in 76 games last season.
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