• Sports world reacts to President
The A’s quickly responded to Maxwell’s actions on Twitter, saying, “The Oakland A’s pride ourselves on being inclusive. We respect and support all of our players’ Constitutional rights and freedom of expression.”
Maxwell, who is African-American, comes from a military family, having been born on a U.S. military base in Germany while his father was stationed there with the Army.
Several National Football League players have followed Colin Kaepernick’s example in kneeling for the anthem in the last year, attempting to raise awareness about brutality and injustice at the hands of authorities. The President on Friday made reference to players not standing for the Anthem as employees who, as he put it, should be fired by their teams.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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