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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, Oakland Athletics' Mark Canha (20) places his hand on the shoulder of Bruce Maxwell as Maxwell takes a knee during the national anthem prior to a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Oakland, Calif. What began more than a year ago with a lone NFL quarterback protesting police brutality against minorities by kneeling silently during the national anthem before games has grown into a roar with hundreds of players sitting, kneeling, locking arms or remaining in locker rooms, their reasons for demonstrating as varied as their methods. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

A's catcher Bruce Maxwell said a waiter refused to serve him after his anthem protest



Major League Baseball (MLB) player Bruce Maxwell says a waiter who supports President Trump refused to serve him during a recent visit to Alabama.

Maxwell, a catcher for the Oakland Athletics, was the first MLB player to kneel during the national anthem this year.

“I got racially profiled in my hometown the day I got home,” he told TMZ Sports in a Tuesday interview.

“I wasn’t even home four hours and I got denied service at lunch with our city councilman, who’s also an African-American guy I went to high school with,” Maxwell added of his stop in Harvest, Alabama.

“[The waiter] denied us service at lunch. They had to go get us another waiter to wait on our table in the same restaurant.”

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Maxwell added that the waiter specifically cited his support for Trump as the reason for refusing his table service.

“He was like, ‘You’re that guy, huh?’ You’re the guy that took a knee?’” he recounted of the incident.

“’I voted for Trump, and I stand for everything he stands for,’” Maxwell added that the waiter said.

“I’m 26 years old, I’m very educated, I’m very respectful, but it still happens, to this day. That’s the reason that I’m kneeling. [It’s] stuff like that.”

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Maxwell became the first MLB player to kneel during the national anthem last month after Trump derided the gesture during a rally in Huntsville, Alabama.

Trump urged the National Football League (NFL) to fire players who perform the move, and he has since repeatedly attacked it as unpatriotic and disrespectful to the U.S.

Multiple professional athletes across several sports have knelt during the national anthem after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the trend.

Kaepernick began kneeling in 2016 to protest America’s racial injustice, and he is now a free agent unsigned by any NFL team.

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