A's Bruce Maxwell will stand for national anthem in 2018

Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell will stand for the national anthem this season.

A's Bruce Maxwell will stand for national anthem in 2018

A's Bruce Maxwell will stand for national anthem in 2018

“Obviously, I didn’t take that lightly,” Maxwell told reporters at spring training camp Tuesday, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “That was to bring awareness to a problem and (to) 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 took a knee during the national anthem last season to protest the mistreatment of African Americans by law enforcement. He is, to date, the only MLB player to take a knee in protest during the national anthem.


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The A's catcher also released a statement through the team.

“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 statement read. "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.”

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