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A's catcher Maxwell kneels for national anthem

theScore logo theScore 9/24/2017

© John Hefti / USA TODAY Sports Prior to Saturday's game against the visiting Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell knelt for the national anthem.

Maxwell comes from a military family, as the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser points out, and has been critical of President Donald Trump on his Instagram and Twitter accounts. Below one post on Instagram, he added:

"Yeah, f- this guy! Our president speaks of inequality of man because players are protesting the anthem! F- this man! Seriously on the highest platform for our country expressing that it is OK for there to be division of man and rights!"

The team sent a Tweet shortly before the game championing players' rights to express themselves:

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