SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Bruce Maxwell, the only Major League Baseball player to kneel during the national anthem this season, has been arrested on a gun charge.
The Oakland Athletics catcher reportedly pointed a gun at a female food delivery person in Scottsdale, reported Fox News.
Scottsdale police said officers went to Maxwell’s home Saturday night after getting a call about a person with a gun. Maxwell was booked on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct.
Police said Maxwell was held in custody pending an initial appearance.
TMZ Sports first reported the arrest.
Specific details regarding the incident were undisclosed.
MLB's Bruce Maxwell Arrested For Aggravated Assault, Allegedly Pointed Gun At Woman https://t.co/Ykbj4ZaOZA
— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) October 29, 2017
Maxwell, 26, hit .237 with three home runs and 22 RBIs in 76 games this season. He was projected to be Oakland’s starting catcher next year.
- WHILE NFL PLAYERS ARE TAKING A KNEE DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM, ONE FORMER ALL PRO SEEKS TO JOIN THE FBI
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Last week, Maxwell claimed during a visit to his hometown of Huntsville, Ala., that he was refused service at a restaurant because of his protest. Moreover, Maxwell said the waiter identified as a President Donald Trump supporter and took offense to his protest.
But Matt Henry, the 42-year-old waiter at Keegan’s Public House, told Fox News that Maxwell was untruthful.
“He is outright lying. This is really upsetting as he was given full service, I didn’t even know who Bruce Maxwell was,” Henry said. “This all started because I carded his friend who wanted to order a beer.”
According to Henry, an Alabama native, Maxwell was dining with local Democratic councilman Devyn Keith and another friend who produced an expired ID, and the server refused to serve him a drink — which upset the friend, who followed him into the kitchen.
“He asked me, ‘Don’t you know who Bruce Maxwell is?’, and told me I was making everyone feel uncomfortable. Nobody was even paying attention to them,” Henry claimed.
“I didn’t know anything about him or the kneeling. All I know is a friend of mine 15 years ago lost his job for serving someone a drink who happened to be underage, so if anyone looks under 30, I’m going to card them.”
The waiter said that the councilman then complained to the restaurant’s manager about Maxwell being uncomfortable, and the manager simply swapped him to another table, and that it was “no big deal.”
One noteworthy comment from Twitter regarding Maxwell’s arrest reads, “’Bruce Maxwell’ Kneels for National Anthem but Stands for His mugshot?”
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(Photos courtesy Scottsdale Police Department/Keith Allison)