Sports Illustrated reported that Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell was denied service at a restaurant for kneeling during the national anthem.
Maxwell went into a restaurant in his hometown of Alabama when he was recognized by a waiter who was a Trump supporter.
“He denied us service at lunch and they had to go get us another waiter to wait on our table in that same restaurant,” Maxwell said.
Maxwell and a guest, who was a councilman, had to be assigned another waiter since the previous one refused to serve them.
“He was like, ‘You the guy who took the knee? I voted for Trump and I stand for everything he stands for,'” Maxwell continued.
Maxwell made his decision to kneel during the anthem because he wanted to show his solidarity to the NFL players protesting police brutality and racial injustice.
“That’s where I’m from,” Maxwell said. “And like I 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 why I’m kneeling—stuff like that.”
Maxwell is the only MLB player who has taken a knee during the anthem.