Bruce Maxwell Reaches Plea Agreement in October Assault Arrest

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2018

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 31:  Bruce Maxwell #13 of the Oakland Athletics looks on as he walks to the dugout prior to the start of his game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on March 31, 2018 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell has reached a plea deal after being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct. Maxwell was arrested in October after allegedly pointing a gun at a female food delivery driver. 

MLB.com's Jane Lee reported on Friday Maxwell will be on probation and required to perform community service.

Jane Lee @JaneMLB

Bruce Maxwell pleads guilty, reaches agreement: https://t.co/4h93wmDhKF

Sentencing will take place on June 4.

Susan Sussler of the San Francisco Chronicle noted in December that Maxwell was not expected to serve any jail time for the incident.

Oakland has stood by its player as the legal situation has played out. Back in March, Maxwell told Lee that the organization's support has helped him through tough times:

"I had days, a lot of days, where I just kind of felt like the world was crumbling around me, but I never thought that it was within my own organization. [A's general manager] David Forst has made it public that they've supported me, and personally with everything collapsing around me, I had a thought or two that maybe they would part ways with me. That's not a good place to be. I got in a lot of dark places with some off-the-field pressure, but at the same time, this has always been home for me, and they went out of their way to reassure that I have full support from them. That's kept me on the straight and narrow, that kept me working my butt off this offseason and continuing to want to be a leader and a figure for this team."

Maxwell will now wait to see if he will face discipline from Major League Baseball.

In 2018, the 27-year-old catcher is 3-for-11 with one double and two RBI. 

He made headlines last season by joining NFL players in protest of police violence and racial inequality and became the first MLB player to kneel during the national anthem. Following the protest, he told Jon Becker of the Mercury News that he was denied service at a restaurant: "I was racially profiled. He denied us service at lunch and they had to go get us another waiter to wait on our table."


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