Cardinals Manager Acknowledges National Anthem Kneeling

ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) – Following Oakland catcher Bruce Maxwell taking a knee during the national anthem prior to an A’s game Saturday night, we asked Cardinals manager Mike Matheny if his organization has given its players any protocol suggestions, beginning with Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh.

Here’s what Matheny told host Mike Kelly on KMOX’s “Mike Matheny Show,” Sunday morning, “It’s a fragile topic, obviously, and one that all our players, just like people across our country have their own views, but for us, we respect this country and we’re going to ask our guys to respect the flag and the anthem and those who are serving the country right now, but understand also that everybody’s story is so unique that we can’t necessarily put ourselves in their situation or their life experiences to say how they should look at life. But, we also believe as an organization that we’re doing all we can to honor our country and our leaders.”

On Saturday, Maxwell dropped to a knee and pressed his cap against his chest just outside Oakland’s dugout during the anthem, adopting a protest started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in response to police treatment of blacks. The 26-year-old rookie catcher pressed his right hand against his heart, and teammates stood in a line next to him. Teammate Mark Canha, who is white, put his right hand on one of Maxwell’s shoulders, and the two hugged after the anthem finished.

Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak addressed the topic on KMOX’s “Sports on a Sunday Morning, “I think a lot of times we sort of forget how this began, and a lot of it has to do with the understanding of discrimination and how people still feel in our country that they are not treated equally… I think the First Amendment right is what each of us are born with. People in this country have the ability to do that. When you think about why this country is so special, it’s because you’re allowed to have that voice.”

Mozeliak wrapped-up his comments by saying, “I think to try to take a stance and say we just won’t have it or we won;t stand for it is probably a decision that you’ll end up regretting.”

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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