Gun Charge Gives More Character Clues to MLB Anthem Protester
“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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