Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell, who made national headlines last week with allegations about an incident in a Huntsville restaurant, was arrested in Arizona on Saturday night.
The former Sparkman High School and Birmingham-Southern standout was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct by the Scottsdale (Arizona) Police Department after a female food delivery person alleged he pointed a gun at her, TMZ Sports reported.
The Scottsdale Police said Maxwell was arrested at his home, and ESPN reported the catcher was in custody pending an initial court appearance.
Maxwell was in the news last week when he said he had been denied service at a Huntsville restaurant by a waiter for kneeling during the national anthem before Major League Baseball games.
The waiter, Matthew Henry, and the manager on duty at the time, Anne Whalen, have both said the incident did not occur as Maxwell related initially to TMZ Sports. They said there was a dispute with Maxwell’s party at Keegan’s Public House in Huntsville, but it didn’t have anything to do with Maxwell’s kneeling during the national anthem. In Maxwell’s party of three, he was the only one who produced a valid ID, and so he was the only one who was served beer at the restaurant, Whalen said.
Maxwell became the only MLB player to kneel during the national anthem before Oakland’s American League game against the Texas Rangers on Sept. 23. That was one day after President Donald Trump said NFL players who did not stand for the national anthem at games should be fired when he spoke at a U.S. Senate campaign rally for Luther Strange in Huntsville.
“That’s a total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,” Trump said. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired.'”
Maxwell’s action came the day before the NFL had a widespread reaction to Trump’s remarks at its games of Sept. 24. On that Sunday, about 180 players sat or knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and three teams stayed in their locker rooms rather than be on the sideline during the performance of the song.
Before that, a scattering of NFL players had been sitting, kneeling or raising a fist during the national anthem since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling before games last year. Kaepernick’s protest was intended to draw attention to incidents in which police had shot unarmed black men without criminal or professional repercussions.
Maxwell joined the Oakland organization as a second-round draft choice in 2012. He made his Major League debut in 2016.
In 76 games with the Athletics in 2017, the left-handed hitter batted .237 with 12 doubles, three home runs and 22 RBIs.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.
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