Mets RHP Chasen Bradford said he respects the message A's catcher Bruce Maxwell sent when he took a knee for the national anthem, even if he doesn't respect the way he did it.
Maxwell, a rookie who hails from a military family, kneeled and held his hat against his chest on Saturday while teammate Mark Canha rested his hand on Maxwell's shoulder in support. Maxwell became the first MLB player to do so.
"He obviously has patriotism in his blood," said Bradford, according to according to Abbey Mastracco of NJ Advance Media. Bradford, like Maxwell, also comes from a military family. "If that's the way he feels that his message gets out, than that's his right. I will respect his message. I don't like how he's doing it, but that's OK because there's a lot of things I don't like that people do."
Bradford's father, two uncles, and both of his grandfathers served in the military, and he plans to do the same once his playing days are over.
"It's their right, it's what they think is correct to do," he said. "I'm not going to say they can't do it, because it's not my right. Do I respect the way they're doing it? No, I don't think so, because the message is kind of blurred by the fact that they're doing it during the national anthem. There are other ways to get that message out there that I could get behind."
Bradford is 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA in 25 relief appearances for the Mets this season