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A’s rookie Bruce Maxwell kneels for the anthem. Oakland fans stand up for him.

A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell kneels during the national anthem Monday before a game against the visiting Seattle Mariners. Outfielder Mark Canha (20) places a hand on the shoulder of his teammate.
A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell kneels during the national anthem Monday before a game against the visiting Seattle Mariners. Outfielder Mark Canha (20) places a hand on the shoulder of his teammate. The Associated Press

A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell on Saturday became the first Major League Baseball player to kneel during the national anthem.

On Monday, the rookie knelt for the third consecutive day and was joined by an Oakland school band before the A’s played against the Seattle Mariners.

Before his first at-bat since beginning his silent protest (Maxwell didn’t play Saturday or Sunday), he received a loud ovation from the home fans.

Maxwell, 26, went 0 for 3 in Monday’s 7-1 loss, but the attention on him now has nothing to do with the stat sheet.

The son of an Army veteran, Maxwell hopes to raise awareness for equality with his action, which was started last year by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and has since been repeated by several NFL players and athletes in other sports.

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