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MLB Player Who Knelt For Anthem Arrested On Gun Charge

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MLB player Bruce Maxwell, who previously took a knee during the national anthem, has reportedly been arrested on a gun charge.

Oakland Athletics catcher Maxwell is accused of pointing a gun at a woman delivering food in Arizona on Oct. 28, according to Fox News. Police reportedly went to the catcher's home after receiving a call about a man with a gun. They arrested Maxwell for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct.

It's unclear why Maxwell allegedly pointed the gun at the driver, who had delivered food to his home in Scottsdale. According to court documents, when the driver explained she was there to deliver food, Maxwell lowered the gun, which had reportedly been pointed at her head.

Police say when they arrived at Maxwell's home, the player showed signs of being intoxicated, and made anti-police statements during his arrest.

Michael Kimerer, an attorney for Maxwell, said his client had "never really had any kind of criminal activity before in his life," reports the New York Post.

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Maxwell was released on Oct. 29 on $10,000 bail.

The A's are reported to have said they are disappointed by the allegations against Maxwell, and are taking the investigation seriously.

Maxwell knelt during the national anthem earlier in 2017 to protest racial injustice. He was reportedly the only MLB player to do so.

Maxwell had previously said he was refused service in a restaurant because of his political protest, but the restaurant has denied his account, according to New York Daily News.

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"He denied us service at lunch and they had to go get us another waiter to wait on our table in that same restaurant," Maxwell said of the incident. "He was like, 'You're the guy who took the knee? I voted for [President Donald] Trump and I stand for everything he stands for.'"

"He is outright lying," said waiter Matt Henry, who works at the restaurant in Huntsville, Alabama. "This is really upsetting as he was given full service, I didn't even know who Bruce Maxwell was. This all started because I carded his friend who wanted to order a beer."

Henry said the person dining with Maxwell had an expired ID and Henry refused to serve the friend alcohol, leading to a confrontation.

"I didn't know anything about him or the kneeling," said the waiter. "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."

"It was his friend causing all the fuss, none of us even knew who this baseball player was," said manager Ann Whalen. "I told him I had no idea who he was going on about. Eventually Matt just asked if we could put another server on the table so I did ... I can't believe the story."

Maxwell stood by his story, saying he was telling the truth.

Maxwell's decision to kneel during the anthem comes at a time when Trump said that NFL owners should "fire" players who don't stand for the anthem.

The president spoke about the NFL protests during a rally in Alabama, according to CNN. Trump said team owners should respond to protests by NFL players by saying, "Get that son of a b***h off the field right now, he's fired. He's fired!"

Trump's comments sparked a debate about protests during the anthem.

San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick, one of the NFL players who protested, explained that he was protesting racial injustices.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," said Kaepernick.

Sources: Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, CNN / Featured Image: Paul Lim/Flickr / Embedded Images: Keith Allison/Flickr, Toshiyuki Imai/Flickr

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