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First Baseball Player To Kneel During Anthem In Custody On Gun Charges

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Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell has gone from kneeling on the baseball field during the national anthem to sitting in a jail cell after police arrested him on a gun charge Saturday evening.

Police in Scottsdale, Ariz., responded to call from Maxwell’s home regarding a person with a gun, TMZ first reported. Authorities allege that Maxwell, 26, pointed a gun at a female food delivery worker. Scottsdale Police booked the baseball star Saturday night on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct. He is currently being held until his first appearance before a judge.

Maxwell made waves in September as being the first and only Major League Baseball player to kneel in protest during the national anthem. Many National Football League players have knelt in protest during the national anthem, bringing stark condemnation from President Donald Trump.

The baseball player also generated some controversy Tuesday when he claimed a waiter in Alabama refused to serve him over the anthem protests. The waiter denied Maxwell’s accusations and said that the catcher was “outright lying.”

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