OAKLAND — Bruce Maxwell was properly conscious of the scrutiny that may comply with his determination to kneel through the nationwide anthem and he’s already coping with it.
Whereas many followers have reached out to Maxwell with constructive messages, the A’s catcher has additionally acquired a slew of threats from individuals who disagree together with his political views.
“I anticipated it. It’s nothing I haven’t handled in my life. The threats that I get are a part of the issue. Individuals see me as disrespecting the flag when over half the those that watch the video games at residence are sitting of their chairs and have their hats on as males,” Maxwell stated after Sunday’s win over the Texas Rangers. “They’re not standing with consideration at their houses. To not point out desecrating the flag additionally means placing the flag on paper plates or napkins. Issues you possibly can briefly use or throw away. Coping with the flag or disrespect, that’s disrespect. What I’m doing is peaceable and for a which means. The individuals who throw hate my method additionally don’t perceive there’s an issue or select to not.”
The messages Maxwell has acquired have ranged from racial slurs to individuals wishing he would get severely injured or suspended. Maxwell has not had something past cyber threats, and he doesn’t anticipate them to go any additional.
“We name these guys keyboard warriors,” Maxwell stated. “I’ve by no means in my life had anyone come as much as me nose to nose and expose a menace to me on the subject of racial divide. I’ve had individuals inform me watch my again. OK, I’m proper right here.”
Maxwell has talked to pals across the league in addition to retired gamers about his protest. He stated they’ve been supportive of his trigger and perceive that he must convey consideration to the racial points that he feels are dividing the nation.
Many gamers all through the NFL additionally joined the anthem protests earlier than kickoff on Sunday, one thing Maxwell believes is a step in the best path.
“The most important platform we now have proper now’s athletes and what we do out on the sector. The toughest a part of acknowledging an issue is lack of know-how,” Maxwell stated. “All these actions happening across the NFL, NBA, and now baseball is to tell those that there are individuals on the market on this nation which are being mistreated due to the colour of their pores and skin, or the place they arrive from, or their heritage. That is what I’m doing it for.”
Maxwell nonetheless stays the one MLB participant to kneel for the anthem. He’s not sure if different baseball gamers will comply with go well with. In the event that they do, he needs them to take action freely and never make it appears as if he’s pushing it on them.
As for any fears he might get blackballed from baseball just like what appears to be occurring with Colin Kaepernick within the NFL, Maxwell believes he has full help from the A’s group. But when it comes right down to it, he gained’t cease protesting simply to save lots of his job.
“I’ve talked to our superiors they usually perceive why I’m doing it and respect it. In the event that they find yourself driving me out of baseball, so be it,” Maxwell stated. “That is greater than a financial standpoint. Greater than the uniform I placed on each day. It’s concerning the individuals on this nation. All of us need to be handled equally and that’s the aim of us taking a knee.”