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MLB Player Who Kneeled During Anthem Now Plays in Mexican Minor Leagues

A big step down for the kneeling athlete.

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Bruce Maxwell Mexican Minor Leagues

Before relocating to Mexico to play in the country’s minor leagues, Bruce Maxwell made headlines for being the only Major League Baseball player to kneel during the national anthem in 2017, then made headlines again after he was arrested for attacking a fast food delivery worker.

Maxwell has finally found a new team to call home in the Acereros de Monclova, an unaffiliated team in the Mexican town of Monclova, with about 230,000 residents. It stands to reason he no longer has cause for concern when it comes to whether or not to kneel.

Western Journal reported:

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Bruce Maxwell made headlines when, as a catcher for the Oakland Athletics, he became the first and only player in Major League Baseball to kneel for “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the wave of national anthem protests in 2017.

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Now he’s in a place where he’s probably not hearing it very much.

Maxwell, a 28-year-old catcher, is currently playing in the Mexican minor leagues for Acereros de Monclova, an unaffiliated Triple-A team in the northern city of Monclova.

The beleaguered baseball player generated a great deal of animosity after kneeling during the national anthem. He claims he and his family received death threats, and he was essentially run out of the sport in the United States.

He claims he chose to kneel during the anthem to draw awareness to social issues, echoing disgraced football player Colin Kaepernick.

He also faced a legal battle in the month after he began kneeling in 2017, when he pulled a gun on a food delivery worker. Maxwell admits the event occurred while he was drinking, and eventually agreed to a plea deal when charged with the crime.

After his kneeling episode and arrest, Maxwell fired his agent and blamed him for not finding him work in Major League Baseball.

Maxwell had previously been a catcher for the Oakland Athletics, where he was a pathetic .240 hitter.

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British Police Officer CRIMINALLY CHARGED for Sharing George Floyd Meme in WhatsApp Group

Free speech is dead.

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A British police officer has been criminally charged over a George Floyd meme he allegedly shared with his colleagues in a WhatsApp group.

Sergeant Geraint Jones, aged 47, is charged with sending the image on 30 May last year by means of a public electronic communications network, an offence contrary to section 127 of the Communications Act 2003,” a watchdog from the Independent Office for Police Conduct announced. “An altered image of George Floyd’s arrest in Minneapolis was shared within a WhatsApp group that included a number of other police officers and staff.”

Our investigation began in June 2020 following a referral from the force,” the watchdog continued. “At its conclusion in October we sent our investigation report to the Crown Prosecution Service, which has authorized the charge.”

Sergeant Jones is scheduled to appear in court on January 28. He has been suspended from duty since June.

It’s no secret that free speech is all but dead in the United Kingdom. British elites stand out in particular for their fervent belief in neoliberal globalism and veneration of its secular saints. Their society encourages people to snitch and tattle on their fellow citizens to a higher degree than most any other Western nation.

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George Floyd is also one of the neoliberal order’s foremost secular saints. Anything you say about him that isn’t equivalent to hero-worship will get you put on notice. Criticizing the intensity of his veneration and the Black Lives Matter movement itself are sufficient to get you labeled as a depraved racist and fired from your job—even in the United States.

Don’t think that hate speech laws aren’t possible in America either. If a majority of Americans and legal scholars in a decade or two come to believe that the First Amendment doesn’t protect “hate speech,” who’s to say that the laws won’t be changed to reflect that?

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