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Oakland A’s Player: Pro-Trump Waiter Wouldn’t Serve Me Over My Anthem Protest

Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter

Oakland A’s Bruce Maxwell said when he was in Alabama recently, a waiter at lunch let him know he was a President Donald Trump supporter and then refused to serve him over the player’s national anthem protest.

“He voted for Trump and was at that Trump rally in Huntsville, Alabama. He was like, ‘Oh yea, you’re the guy who took the knee? I voted for Trump and I stand for everything he stands for,” the 26-year-old Major League Baseball catcher told TMZ Tuesday. (RELATED: New Survey Shows MLB Beats NFL In Popularity Amid Anthem Protests)

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Maxwell said the pro-Trump waiter recognized him as the one and only MLB player during the season who took a knee during the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner,” following in the footsteps of NFL players who have done the same.

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Bruce Maxwell #13 of the Oakland Athletics kneels in protest next to teammate Mark Canha #20 duing the singing of the National Anthem prior to the start of the game against the Texas Rangers at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 24, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Bruce Maxwell #13 of the Oakland Athletics kneels in protest next to teammate Mark Canha #20 duing the singing of the National Anthem. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

He said that the local city council member he was with at lunch let the manager know what happened and the waiter was removed from their table and they ended up getting a different server.

The comment came from questions about if the player has ever experienced racial profiling.

Maxwell later talked about his new relationship with former San Fransisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick who started the national anthem protests.

“The dude’s so positive,” Maxwell shared. “He’s such a strong, level-headed individual. His friendship definitely helps. His guidance comes through that. And just being able to use him as a sounding board some days does me some good.”