The Oakland A’s released a statement Friday regarding Bruce Maxwell’s ongoing legal proceedings. The full text is below.
Bruce Maxwell has reached a plea agreement with the State of Arizona, pleading guilty to disorderly conduct, a class 6 undesignated offense. Under the terms of his agreement, he will be required to complete a probation period as well as community service. Sentencing will occur on June 4th.
Statement from Bruce Maxwell
“Accepting responsibility is the first step in working to make amends for my lapse in judgment. I am truly sorry for the pain that my actions have caused, and while they are not representative of who I am, I understand that I have to earn back the trust and respect of those around me.“
Statement from David Forst, A’s General Manager
“I am pleased Bruce has taken responsibility for his actions. We expect our players to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the standards of the Oakland Athletics. His conduct in this incident did not live up to that. We have communicated with him throughout the legal process about our expectations as a representative of the organization. I believe he has already begun the work of making amends for his actions and look forward to his continued positive contributions to our community.”
Maxwell was arrested at his Arizona home in October after allegedly pointing a gun at a food delivery person, with further reports that he was intoxicated at the time of the incident. He was ultimately charged with multiple felonies.
The A’s publicly supported their player throughout the legal process, and he made the 25-man roster out of spring training. He has played in three games this season while serving as the backup catcher behind starter Jonathan Lucroy.
There remains the possibility that the league could impose discipline for Maxwell’s guilty plea to disorderly conduct. Typically MLB waits to see outcome of legal process before making a decision.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) April 13, 2018