Initial details have been released regarding the Saturday arrest of Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell in Arizona. Maxwell was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (a Class 3 felony), as well as disorderly conduct with a weapon (a Class 6 felony), according to a video of his initial court appearance released by ABC15.
Maxwell was arrested after allegedly pointing a gun at a food delivery person outside his home in Scottsdale.
For all of Monday’s details, please click through to the report by ABC15. To summarize a couple key notes, Maxwell is accused of answering the door with gun in hand, pointing it at the delivery person’s head, and keeping it in hand even after lowering it to complete the transaction. Maxwell denied unholstering or pointing the gun. Police also reported he “allegedly exhibited signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication.” Again, please click the original ABC15 story for the rest.
Maxwell had previously stated that he quit drinking before the 2016 MLB season in order to focus on physical conditioning, as reported by Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle. At that time, Maxwell said, “I stopped drinking for a lot of reasons — it’s not beneficial. It’s never had a positive effect in my life, and it could get worse, and I wanted to get in shape and stay in shape.”
More recently, he made national headlines in September when he became the first MLB player to kneel for the pre-game national anthem, joining protests from around the sporting world that are attempting to bring attention to racial injustice and police brutality in the United States. In October, he made the news again when he claimed that he was initially refused service at an Alabama restaurant due to his kneeling, an allegation disputed by both the server and the restaurant’s shift manager.
This story is still developing, and even with these new details there is still a lot we don’t know — including most/all of Maxwell’s side of the story. Let’s continue being patient and do our best to avoid jumping to conclusions until we have more facts.