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Bruce Maxwell Curses at Cops in Arrest Video; Interaction Is Why He Took a Knee

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 16, 2018

Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell takes a knee next to teammate Mark Canha, right, during the national anthem before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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After Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon last October, he cursed at his arresting offerers and said the following, per TMZ Sports:

"Guess what, f--king half of America afraid of y'all motherf--kers. Yeah, that's the reason why I took a knee. F--king anthem, dog. F--king our country is afraid of the f--king police. Wanna know why? Because the f--king police does unjustice s--t and gets f--king paid leave for it. It's the f--king reason why I knee."

Maxwell reached a plea bargain for disorderly conduct in April.

The 27-year-old was the only player in the major leagues to take a knee during the national anthem last season.

Maxwell, who is biracial with a white mother and an African American father, has received backlash. He told the cops during his arrest that he received death threats.

He noted other threats from fans at the end of last season.

"I've had some people who wish I got hurt indefinitely, wish I got suspended, little things," Maxwell said in September, per John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Maxwell reportedly "reeked of booze" while yelling at the cops after pulling a gun on a food delivery woman.

From TMZ: "The woman says she was making a routine delivery from Geno's Pizza and Cheesesteaks in Tempe, Arizona, when Maxwell answered the door and stuck a gun right in her face."

According to Alex Hall of Athletics Nation, "Under the terms of his agreement, he will be required to complete a probation period as well as community service."