July 28 (UPI) — The New York Mets are finalizing a take care of former Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell, who was the first MLB player to kneel throughout the nationwide anthem.

League sources informed Newsday and MLB Media on Tuesday that Maxwell agreed to a short-term contract with the Mets. In accordance to the shops, Maxwell’s pact is pending a bodily and coronavirus consumption testing.

Maxwell hasn’t performed within the majors since 2018, when he was a member of the A’s. Within the 2017 season, he grew to become the first main league player to kneel throughout the nationwide anthem to protest racial injustice. His actions got here in response to President Donald Trump’s feedback that NFL gamers who did not stand for the anthem ought to be “fired.”

In an interview with ESPN earlier this month, Maxwell mentioned he was nonetheless “bitter as [expletive]” over the dearth of assist he obtained from different MLB gamers and executives on the time.

Up till this season, Maxwell was the one main leaguer to take a knee throughout the anthem.

“The season’s going to resume. They are going to get extra fame as a result of it is going to appear like they’re standing up for what’s proper,” Maxwell mentioned. “They’re making T-shirts they usually’re displaying they care, however they do not return to the unique sacrificed particular person.

“The place was all of this then? It is simple to speak as a result of everybody’s speaking. I used to be on the market on my own. I am bitter as [expletive], and I am not hiding it.”

Maxwell, alongside along with his agent and Athletics president Billy Beane, acknowledged in ESPN’s story that the catcher declined an opportunity to return to the A’s in spring coaching this yr earlier than the coronavirus pandemic delayed the beginning of the 2020 season.

Maxwell, 29, was arrested for aggravated assault with a lethal weapon in October 2017. He later reached a plea settlement and was sentenced to two years of probation for disorderly conduct.

Maxwell spent the 2019 season with Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League, recording a .325 batting common with 24 residence runs and 112 RBIs in 109 video games. He had a .240 common with 5 homers and 42 RBIs over components of three seasons with the Athletics from 2016-18.

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