In a development as revolting for its violence as for its blatant hypocrisy, Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell was arrested Saturday night for aggravated assault in Scottsdale, AZ for pointing a loaded gun at a food delivery worker — a woman, no less!
Bruce Maxwell is a second-year backup catcher, for a bad baseball team, who’s gained more notice for being the first (and so far, only) Major League Baseball player to kneel during the National Anthem than for anything else he’s done while in a sports uniform.
Ironically, Maxwell, the son of an American serviceman, was born in Germany.
He recently reported being denied service at an Alabama restaurant on account of his on-field protest.
Cops say the alleged victim was a female food delivery driver who told them Maxwell pointed a gun at her. It’s unclear what led up to the incident. SPD says Maxwell was booked on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct. Cops say he is in custody and awaiting his initial appearance in front of a judge.
Maxwell has hardly distinguished himself as a professional baseball player. He is only a “replacement level” catcher with just 313 major league at bats over two seasons. His Major League future is hardly assured.
It isn’t premature, nor unfair, to speculate that these anthem protests are a manipulative ploy by marginal performers looking to gain job security — to make themselves immune from being fired — by courting controversy just to set up a retaliation claim if and when they are eventually let go for not being very good at what they do.