Bruce Maxwell Gets Standing Ovation in First At-Bat Since Taking a Knee During Anthem (Video)

(via Santiago Mejia / @sfchronicle)

(via Santiago Mejia / @sfchronicle)

Apparently baseball fans in California and football fans in Texas do not see eye to eye when it comes to players taking a knee during the national anthem.

While Dallas Cowboys fans were booing their team and burning paraphernalia on Monday night because their team took a knee before (but not during) the national anthem, fans of the Oakland Athletics were giving rookie catcher Bruce Maxwell a standing ovation.

Maxwell, the son of an Army veteran who was born on a military base in Germany, made headlines over the weekend by becoming the first player in Major League Baseball to kneel during the national anthem as a way to call attention to racial inequality. Maxwell later explained that he loves America and his protest should not be construed as disrespect for the military. He also said he plans to continue his protest for the remainder of the 2017 MLB season.

On Monday, Maxwell made his first plate appearance since he started kneeling during the national anthem, and fans at the Coliseum in Oakland gave him a standing ovation.

It wasn’t a deafening ovation, but it was pretty loud considering the paltry attendance, and there weren’t any audible boos.

Take a look:

Apparently fans in Oakland actually believed Maxwell when he said he protests out of love for his country. Weird, right?

Hat Tip – [SB Nation]

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