After President Trump’s tirade against NFL players for taking a knee during the National Anthem in a sign of protest racial inequality and police brutality. Trump called them “sons of b*itches” who should be fired. Throughout the day, members of the NFL (and NBA since Trump also attacked Warriors player Stephen Curry) have been condemning Trump’s divisive rhetoric.
Now, the first MLB athlete has joined the rebuke against Trump. While the National Anthem played before a game, Oakland A’s Bruce Maxwell knelt whole his teammate Mark Canh placed a hand on his shoulder.
Republicans argue that taking a knee is disrespectful to the soldiers who gave their lives so that the athlete could take a knee. However, Maxwell is the son of a U.S. soldier. He was born on a military base in Germany—he certainly knows that people died for his first amendment right, and he expressed that tonight.
Earlier today, Maxwell posted on Instagram his frustrations with President Trump:
Yeah f*ck this guy! Our president speaks of inequality of man because players are protesting the anthem! Fuck this man! Seriously on the highest platform for our country expressing that it is OK for there to be Division of man and rights!
He also went on Twitter to describe the ramifications of Trump’s hostilities:
Members of the NFL, the NBA, and now the MLB are speaking out against the president. Before long, it will be more disrespectful not to take a knee.
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