Earlier this year, Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell was the only Major League Baseball player who refused to stand for the National Anthem, as a protest against police violence towards minorities. But last night, the 26-year-old was arrested for violently brandishing a gun aimed at a female fast food employee's head, reports TMZ.
“Scottsdale PD tells [TMZ] Maxwell, 26, was arrested Saturday at 6:08 PM at his Scottsdale, AZ home. Cops say the alleged victim was a female food delivery driver who told them Maxwell pointed a gun at her.”
It is not obvious what led up to the incident, but Maxwell is currently being detained on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon as well disorderly conduct.
Earlier this week, a bizarre story out of Maxwell’s home state of Alabama emerged. The catcher claimed that he was denied service at a restaurant by a pro-Trump waiter, but the waiter and restaurant management flatly denied his framing of events.
Maxwell was dining at Keegan’s Public House in Huntsville, Alabama with two other guests. Upon ordering an alcoholic beverage, one of the guests had an expired ID and was denied service. But, Maxwell claims the waiter explicitly said that he would not be served because he had knelt during the anthem.
“He is outright lying. This is really upsetting as he was given full service, I didn’t even know who Bruce Maxwell was,” Matt Henry, a 42-year-old waiter at Keegan’s Public House, told Fox News. “This all started because I carded his friend who wanted to order a beer.”
“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 manager of Keegan's Public House confirmed the water's version of events.
"Matt came to me and told me that a guy wanted a beer but his ID was not valid and I told him he absolutely could not give it to him, we can go to jail for that in the state of Alabama," the manager said.
"It was his friend causing all the fuss, none of us even knew who this baseball player was. I told him I had no idea who he was going on about,” she said. “Eventually Matt just asked if we could put another server on the table so I did. … I can’t believe the story.”
As for Maxwell's decision to kneel during the anthem, his agent released a statement to the press last month claiming it was in defiance of President Trump's response to "totally peaceful, nonviolent protests."
“Bruce’s father is a proud military lifer. Anyone who knows Bruce or his parents is well aware that the Maxwells’ love and appreciation for our country is indisputable,” Sosnick told the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Bruce has made it clear that he is taking a stand about what he perceives as racial injustices in this country, and his personal disappointment with President Trump’s response to a number of professional athletes’ totally peaceful, nonviolent protests. Bruce has shared with both me and his teammates that his feelings have nothing to do with a lack of patriotism or a hatred of any man, but rather everything to do with equality for men, women and children regardless of race or religion.”
Maxwell is expected to appear before a judge on Monday for his own violent actions Saturday night.
Author's Note: Maxwell's mugshot was provided by TMZ.