Oakland Athletics rookie catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League Baseball player to join in on national anthem protests less than 24 hours after Donald Trump’s explosive “get that son of a b***h off the field,” comments, per San Francisco Chronicle.
Maxwell earlier in the day released an expletive-filled Instagram post going at Trump for his comments.
According to the report, Maxwell is the product of a military family. He re-tweeted plenty of fans against Trump’s comments throughout the evening Friday and into Saturday. He also shared thoughts of his own.
At an event on Friday evening, Trump discussed the protests as “disrespect”, saying that he would love to see an NFL owner “get that son of a bitch off the field.”
The full quote from Trump:
Wouldn’t you love one of these NFL owners… when someone disrespects our flag say, “Get that son of a bitch off the field, right now, out, he’s fired.”
The live crowd applauded the comments from the President.
Trump also referenced NFL ratings, which are down so far this year, and blamed the drop on the protests negatively affecting the game.
The clear shot here seems to be taken at former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was the driving force behind the protests last year. Many players across many different teams and sports have since joined in on the protest during the anthem, generating a clear controversy between two sides of the country.