September 24, 2017 / 2:23 AM / a year ago

A's Maxwell first MLB player to kneel during anthem

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

Sep 9, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell (13) hits a one-run double against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

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.”

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

Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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