Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics has become the first major league baseball player to kneel during the national anthem.
The rookie catcher dropped to a knee just outside Oakland's dugout on Saturday before a game against the Texas Rangers, adopting a protest started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in response to police treatment of blacks. Maxwell's teammates stood in a line next to him. Teammate Mark Canha, who is white, put his right hand on one of Maxwell's shoulders.
The Athletics released a statement on Twitter shortly after the anthem, saying they “respect and support all of our players' constitutional rights and freedom of expression”...
A baseball umpire trainee runs toward first base to get into position to make a call during an instructional camp session at Compton Community College. The umpire camp is operated by Major League Baseball and includes on-field and classroom instruction.