Athletics' Maxwell says he won't kneel during anthem this season

Athletics' Maxwell says he won't kneel during anthem this season

Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell, who became the first Major League Baseball player to take a knee during the national anthem last September, announced Tuesday that he will stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the coming season.

Maxwell – who comes from a military family – expanded upon his decision to stop kneeling in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.

Maxwell first took a knee before a home game on Sept. 23 of last year. The team came out with a statement of support that evening, and Maxwell said at the time he wouldn’t stop taking a knee despite receiving threats after the fact.

In November, Maxwell was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct after a food delivery woman said he pointed a gun at her. He pleaded not guilty in December.

Maxwell told reporters – including Martin Gallegos of the Mercury News – that he's unable to discuss the charges against him, and said Tuesday he doesn't anticipate the legal issues will become a distraction.

The 27-year-old hit .237/.329/.333 in 76 games for the A’s last season, and is expected to compete for their starting catcher’s job this spring.

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