Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell pressed a hand to his coronary heart and took to a knee for the nationwide anthem for the second straight recreation Sunday, a part of a protest motion that has been criticized by President Donald Trump.
On Saturday, the 26-yr-previous rookie turned the primary main league baseball participant to kneel throughout “The Star-Spangled Banner” earlier than the A’s performed Texas. Once more Sunday, teammate Mark Canha put a hand on Maxwell’s shoulder in a present of help like he additionally did Saturday.
Maxwell acquired help from NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
“Extra energy to him, man. He is standing up for one thing nice,” Durant stated throughout city after the staff’s second follow of coaching camp. “All of us respect it, help it and respect it.”
A’s supervisor Bob Melvin stated Maxwell’s protest was a brave act, noting that the choice to turn into the primary participant within the majors to undertake the protest got here with danger.
“It does take numerous braveness as a result of you recognize that now the potential of the crosshairs are on you and for a man who’s not as established, I am positive, and I am not talking for him, however I am positive there have been some emotions for him that there was some danger,” Melvin stated earlier than Sunday’s recreation. “I do know that he felt higher about it afterwards as a result of there’s a number of uncertainty once you take that sort of step.”
Canha acknowledged trepidation about his choice to help Maxwell.
“I had to consider what I used to be going to do to point out my help for Bruce, for 20 minutes, and even then I used to be hesitant to do it,” Canha stated. “Even then I used to be like, you already know that worry of, I considered Colin Kaepernick, properly jeez — I really like baseball, I need to play baseball, I really like my job and love this nation, I need to be a part of this nation, however to reside in worry,” Canha stated. “Simply the truth that I had that small quantity of worry and that small quantity of hesitation, speaks volumes about that we’d like some change.”
Canha, who grew up within the San Francisco Bay Space and performed at California, stated he shares the values of one of many nation’s most politically progressive areas.
“It is ingrained into me and it is one thing that I consider in,” Canha stated. “I am proper on board with it.”
AP Sports activities Author Janie McCauley contributed.