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OffbeatReport: Maxwell may never play in MLB again after anthem kneel

09:16  14 december  2018
09:16  14 december  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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Former Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell , the only player to take a knee during the national anthem , may never play for a major - league team Even though the soon-to-be 28-year-old was arrested on assault and gun charges in October 2017, a major - league executive said it's his kneeling

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Former Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell, the only player to take a knee during the national anthem, may never play for a major-league team again, sources told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Even though the soon-to-be 28-year-old was arrested on assault and gun charges in October 2017, a major-league executive said it's his kneeling that might keep him off a major-league field.

"Owners aren't going to want to deal with that whole anthem issue," the executive explained.

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It came less than two weeks after Mr. Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, told a group of Republican donors that there might need to be a “purge” of the In the weeks since Mr. Trump complained about players kneeling during the anthem , most have returned to standing, though some continue to kneel

On Sept. 23, 2017, Maxwell became the first MLB player to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.

Maxwell only appeared in 18 regular-season games for the A's in 2018 after coming into spring training out of shape. He wound up hitting .182/.207/.309 and was designated for assignment in September.

"I just don't see him as a fit for us," an NL scout said. "He's on the older side and there is too much baggage. He might have to play independent ball to try to work his way back."

In addition, Maxwell fired his agent, according to Slusser's sources.

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