Colin Kaepernick started a movement that spread throughout out the NFL — players taking a knee during the national anthem has been going on for more than a year now. And although the movement spread into amateur sports and politics, it only influenced one player in Major League Baseball. The Oakland Athletic’s catcher, Bruce Maxwell, has been the only Major League Baseball player to kneel during the national anthem this season.
TMZ is reporting that the flag-protesting catcher has been arrested on a gun charge. Maxwell allegedly pointed a gun at a female food delivery person in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Scottsdale police said officers went to Maxwell’s home Saturday night after getting a call about a person with a gun. Maxwell was booked on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct.
Police said Maxwell was held in custody pending an initial appearance.
By no means is Maxwell an all-star on the field. The knee-taking catcher, hit a mere .237 with just three home runs and 22 RBIs during the 2017 season. Whether he will continue to have a spot on the team after the arrest has not been determined.
Last week, Maxwell claimed during a visit to his hometown of Huntsville, Ala., that he was refused service at a restaurant because of his protest. But a waiter told Fox News that Maxwell was “outright lying,” about what happened.
“I didn’t even know who Bruce Maxwell was,” waiter Matt Henry said.