Bruce Maxwell says waiter refused to serve him over anthem protest
Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell claims a server recently refused to serve him after recognizing him as the baseball player who knelt during the national anthem.
The incident occurred at an Alabama restaurant where Maxwell was dining with a friend and local politician The situation involved a server who supports President Donald Trump.
“He was like, ‘You’re the guy who took the knee? I voted for Trump and I stand for everything he stands for,'” Maxwell recalled to TMZ Sports.
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Maxwell indicated he approached the restaurant’s manager and requested another server, a request that was honored.
“That’s where I’m from,” Maxwell said. “Unless you’re subject to it, you won’t understand it, you won’t feel it. I’m 26 years old. I’m very respectful. I’m very educated. And it still happens to this day. That’s the reason that I’m kneeling — stuff like that.”
The A’s catcher, whose father served in the U.S. Army, took to a knee and placed his hand over his heart during the anthem for the first time before a Sept. 23 game. It came in response to Trump declaring war upon the NFL and any other sports league that would allow players to kneel during the anthem.
“My decision has been coming for a long time,” Maxwell said after that game, via ESPN. “I know I was on the fence for a long time because I know no one in baseball has ever done it. I finally got to the point where I thought the inequality of man is being discussed, and it’s being practiced from our president.
“The point of my kneeling is not to disrespect our military, it’s not to disrespect our Constitution, it’s not to disrespect this country. … My hand over my heart symbolizes the fact that I am and I’ll forever be an American citizen, and I’m more than grateful to be here. But my kneeling is what is getting the attention because I’m kneeling for the people that don’t have a voice.”
The A’s and Major League Baseball both issued statements in support of Maxwell’s actions.