Major League Baseball mostly evaded negative headlines this sports season. However, the one baseball player who protested the national anthem recently ran afoul of the law.
According to Fox News, Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell was recently charged with allegedly pointing a gun at a female food delivery driver in Scottsdale, Arizona.
According to the Scottsdale Police Department, officers went to Maxwell’s house on Saturday night after getting multiple reports about someone with a gun. Maxwell was ultimately charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct.
In regards to his protest during the 2017 season, Maxwell said, “My decision had been coming for a long time. The only way we can come together is by informing… To single out NFL players for doing this isn’t something we should be doing — I felt it should be a little more broad.”
Maxwell has cited the racism he experienced while growing up in Huntsville, Alabama as one of the motivating factors in his protest. Maxwell has also claimed that he was denied service in an Alabama restaurant while dining with a local politician.
The waiter in question, Matt Henry, was accused by Maxwell of denying him service because he, as a Trump voter, was angered by Maxwell’s protest.
Maxwell related the experience to TMZ Sports: “He goes, ‘I voted for Trump. ‘And I stand for everything he stands for.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, really?’ And our councilman went and got their manager and had some words with him and took him off of our table and put another person on our table. That’s where I’m from.”
However, Henry claims that the entire story is false. Henry claims that Maxwell was upset because one of the members of his party had an invalid ID and could not be served.
Maxwell has only been playing in the MLB since July 2016. His current overall batting average is .251, with four home runs and thirty-six RBIs. The Oakland A’s went 75-87 and occupied last place in the AL West.
Until this recent run-in with the law, Maxwell was considered a lock for the catcher position next season. So far, the team has not commented on the issue. Maxwell has also yet to issue any sort of statement regarding his arrest.
Maxwell is currently being held in custody until his first appearance in court. In Arizona, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon could carry a sentence of three to five years in jail. The total maximum is fifteen years. Given the special treatment that athletes tend to get in the judicial system, Maxwell isn’t likely to serve even a single year in prison.
It is also likely that Maxwell’s run-in with the law will only embitter him further. His protest during 2017 was based on the idea that police officers in America discriminate against minorities. Maxwell, who is African American, might view his own situation as an example of racial injustice.
At this point, very little is known about the situation. Maxwell, like anyone else, is innocent until proven guilty.