Bruce Maxwell reveals he will no longer kneel during the anthem
MESA, Ariz. — Bruce Maxwell made national headlines last September when he became the first player in Major League Baseball to kneel in protest against social injustice during the national anthem.
Maxwell continued to kneel before every game until the end of the year, but he has decided to no longer do so for the 2018 season.
Statement from Bruce Maxwell on his decision to no longer kneel during the national anthem: pic.twitter.com/GTGMHNvRQn
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“Taking a knee during the National anthem last season was not a decision I made lightly,” Maxwell said in a statement. “As a member of a military family, I respect the sacrifices of the men and women who served and continue to serve our country. The purpose of the gesture was to raise awareness about social issues affecting our country, and while I’m looking forward to a society that is inclusive, empathetic and a welcoming place, I will not continue the symbolic gesture of taking a knee during our National Anthem this season.”
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports