The A’s most in-the-news player, Bruce Maxwell, was among those at Hohokam Stadium when pitchers and catchers reported Tuesday, and while he downplayed some of the league issues he’s facing, the team’s starting catcher did provide a headline: Maxwell, who last September became the first — and to date, only — major-league player to kneel for the national anthem, said he will stand for the anthem this year. He reiterated Tuesday that he kneeled last year in order to protest mistreatment of African Americans by law enforcement. “Obviously, I didn’t take that lightly,” Maxwell said of his decision to kneel A’s Bruce Maxwell won’t kneel for anthem this season By Susan Slusser Updated 1:17 pm, Tuesday, February 13, 2018 SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 3: Bruce Maxwell #13 of the Oakland Athletics watches play from the dugout during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 3, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won the game 10-2. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) Photo: Stephen Brashear, Getty Images Photo: Stephen Brashear, Getty Images Image 1 of 3 SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 3: Bruce Maxwell #13 of the Oakland Athletics watches play from the dugout during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 3, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The ... more Signup Morning Report Morning Report Daily Newsletter Everything you need to know to start your day You agree to our Terms of Use. Your information will be used as described in our Privacy Policy. MESA, Ariz. — The A’s most in-the-news player, Bruce Maxwell, was among those at Hohokam Stadium when pitchers and catchers reported Tuesday, and while he downplayed some of the league issues he’s facing, the team’s starting catcher did provide a headline: Maxwell, who last September became the first — and to date, only — major-league player to kneel for the national anthem, said he will stand for the anthem this year. He reiterated Tuesday that he kneeled last year in order to protest mistreatment of African Americans by law enforcement. “Obviously, I didn’t take that lightly,” Maxwell said of his decision to kneel last fall. “That was to bring awareness to a problem and the face we do see it, we do experience and we have empathy for what’s going on. This year I don’t plan on kneeling. … And we’ll move on forward.” To elaborate, Maxwell also put out a statement through the team that read in part, “As a member of a military family, I respect the sacrifices of the men and women who served and continue to serve our country. The purpose of the gesture was to raise awareness about social issues affecting our country, and while I’m looking forward to a society that is inclusive, empathetic and a welcoming place, I will not continue the symbolic gesture of taking a knee during our National Anthem this season.” Maxwell’s legal issues remain unresolved following his arrest on felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct after allegedly pointing a gun at a food-delivery person Oct. 28 in Scottsdale, Ariz. A settlement conference on Monday did not result in a plea agreement; the next conference is set for April 13, during the regular season. Maxwell’s trial date is Aug. 9 if a plea agreement is not reached before then.