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Gun Charge Gives More Character Clues to MLB Anthem Protester

Gun Charge Gives More Character Clues to MLB Anthem Protester
All things considered, it’s tough to feel any sympathy for the guy.

“Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after cops say he pulled a gun on a woman,” TMZ Sports reported Saturday. “Cops say the alleged victim was a female food delivery driver who told them Maxwell pointed a gun at her.”

With the understanding that due process requires a presumption of innocence until proven guilty, it’s also understandable that many Americans are unsympathetic to seeing him get into trouble in a crime of violence case involving a gun. That’s because, even though he was a rookie, he was the only Major League Baseball player to take a knee during the national anthem, and also happens to be a supporter of “progressive” politics, foremost of which are demands for more gun laws.

Add to that a reluctance to believe anything his press people put out in his defense after Maxwell’s conduct has raised legitimate questions about his capability for telling the truth.

“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,” Fox News reported in a follow-up to TMZ’s scoop. “But a waiter told Fox News that Maxwell was outright lying, about what happened.”

“I didn’t even know who Bruce Maxwell was,” server Matt Henry protested, saying the flap happened when he carded Maxwell for a drink, a claim corroborated by the restaurant manager. That raises further questions about why a well-to-do “progressive” sports figure, who promotes himself as being a champion of the little guy, would vindictively seek to destroy the livelihood of a server.

“There are no documented rules on this issue,” an MLB spokesman told ESPN. “While this is not a league rule, the playing of the national anthems of the United States and Canada remains an important tradition that has great meaning to our fans.”

That doesn’t mean they can’t decide what constitutes appropriate conduct and what does not, as the outrage over Yuli Guriel demonstrated. The leagues appear more concerned in instead making sure paying fans obey a code of conduct.

If they really wanted to, that is, if fans demanded it, a rule demanding respect for the anthem and the flag could be imposed. Contrary to all the misdirecting bellyaching from defenders of “social justice” no one’s so-called “First Amendment rights” would be affected in the least. That’s because they’re all on company time, and being paid quite handsomely for it.

They’re certainly making better money than food delivery drivers and waiters, who wouldn’t have a job if they imposed their politics on paying customers without management approval.


Officers reported Maxwell appeared to be intoxicated and wrote a “strong odor of intoxicating liquor emanated from his breath” when they arrived to the MLB player’s home, court documents stated. The officers also said Maxwell raised his voice when he was speaking, “was verbally aggressive, used excessive profanities and made anti-police statements,” ABC15 reported.


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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.



  1. ok fox news and everyone with 2 or more functioning brain cells, remember this spoiled arrogant brat was drunk. to the liberal progressives out there that is an acceptable excuse for bad behavior, just ask Kevin Spacey and his supporters.

  2. I’m sick of this whole situation. Since it is mostly black Americans protesting, then let them get the hell out of our country. These filthy-rich athletes protesting their supposed miserable American lives can go to Africa and see what life is like where they claim to come from (“African American is pure BS as these black people have no connection to Africa other than where SOME of their ancestors came from). I know things are not perfect in our country, but we sure as hell are better than any place else on Earth. If we have to start making laws and rules to simply have people show respect and appreciation for living in America, then America is doomed. The dollar is stronger than any rules we can make. Deny ALL professional sports venues our dollars by no longer attending games, or even watching them on TV and the rich sports club owners and players will get back in line fast.

    1. The bigger issue is the NFL and other leagues are owned by the NWO communists. If the NFL and others came out with a statement disagreeing with the anti-American attitudes of their players then that would be a different story, but they all agree with the players. It’s simple, players who shiit on our country should be given the full disgust by the fans and stop the money by boycotting. If a player is not proud and feeling fortunate to be an American then let’s break them down to flipping burgers.

  3. All sanctioned professional sports should have rules prohibiting protests anytime on the field or court. These so-called protestors are nothing but childish elite millionaire racists hiding behind what others have actually experienced a hundered years ago and claiming to have been effected by. Nothing can be further from the truth. Exactly like how the Black Lives Matter narrative got started, A HUGE LIE.

  4. I think about our glorious American flag and usually Iwo Jima also comes to mind. What the Flag stood for then, it stands for today. The message is clear: if American soldiers fight, bleed and die to protect any people/country, as long as that flag flies, it is saying, ” We, the American military will fight to the death to rescue you, save you, free you and help you rebuild.”
    The very idea that these athletes, who are as inexperienced at living as a newborn, dare to protest anything connected to the country which has given them a princely existence merely because their abilities to play a game exceed almost everyone else’s, leaves me enraged! I compare the image of Iwo Jima and the image of the kneelers. They are not Americans; they just live here.

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