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Maxwell first MLB player to kneel during anthem

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Bruce Maxwell #13 of the Oakland Athletics sits in the dugout during the game against the Texas Rangers. AFP

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell joined the list of athlete protesters on Saturday when he became the first Major League Baseball player to kneel during the national anthem.

Maxwell placed his hand over his heart and faced the flag as the anthem played prior to his team’s game against the Texas Rangers.

The Athletics issued a statement on Twitter that read: “The Oakland A’s pride ourselves on being inclusive. We respect and support all of our players’ constitutional rights and freedom of expression.”

The 26-year-old Maxwell has played in 71 games this season, batting .244 with three homers and 21 RBI.

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