Former Oakland Athletics catcher Burce Maxwell slammed Main League Baseball on Wednesday for its delayed response to the police-involved demise of George Floyd.
Maxwell, the primary MLB participant to kneel throughout the nationwide anthem in 2017 following Colin Kapernicks protest within the NFL, stated on the “A’s Plus” podcast that he isn’t stunned that it was the final league to make an announcement with reference to Floyd’s demise.
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“Knock me if you want, but I think MLB finally came out and said something because so many people were hounding them to say something,” he stated, in accordance to the San Francisco Chronicle. “It doesn’t shock me they were the last sport to say something. When I did my thing, my team supported me at the time, but MLB didn’t really back me.”
MLB launched an announcement Wednesday, 9 days after Floyd died whereas in police custody, stating that it has “zero tolerance for racism and racial injustice.”
“The reality that the Black community lives in fear or anxiety over racial discirmination, prejudice or violence is unacceptable,” the assertion continued.
Maxwell instructed NBC Sports earlier this month that he’s nonetheless criticized for the stand he took again in 2017.
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“I still have the messages,” he says. “I had a kid the other day come out on my team and just said, ‘Eff you,’ on my Instagram. He was like, ‘People like you are the problem that we have in this country.’ I had a guy reach out to me last year … in the middle of my season, down here in Mexico, that told me that he hopes me and my family die a horrible death. … Three years and I still get it. It’s the hate. It’s the hate.”
Maxwell performs within the Mexican League and hasn’t performed an MLB recreation since 2018.