Texas Rangers

A's catcher Bruce Maxwell becomes first major leaguer to kneel during national anthem

A's catcher Bruce Maxwell becomes first major leaguer to kneel during national anthem

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”...

EDITION: California | U.S. & World