Las Vegas, NV – The only Major League Baseball (MLB) player to take a knee during the National Anthem remains unsigned, and it probably has nothing to do with his game.
Bruce Maxwell, 28, took a knee during the National Anthem in a 2017 game while he was playing for the Oakland A’s, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Also of concern, according to another anonymous source cited by the San Francisco Chronicle, were the anti-police statements that Maxwell made when he was arrested in Arizona.
Maxwell got locked up on assault and gun charges in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2017, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
While he was in custody, the baseball player went on a profane tirade against police.
The bizarre rant was captured on the officer’s bodycam and showed Maxwell handcuffed and shirtless as he railed against law enforcement and complained about racism in America.
Maxwell agreed to a plea deal for disorderly conduct.
However, one executive believes kneeling is his problem.
“It’s the kneeling thing that might keep him from getting another job, not the arrest,” one major-league executive told The San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday. “Owners aren’t going to want to deal with that whole anthem issue.”
The San Francisco Chronicle didn’t name the executive.
The former professional baseball player hit just .185 for the Oakland A’s in 2018 and the A’s released him after the season.
In 366 career at bats in the majors, Maxwell has hit .240 with 5 career home runs.
Matt Sosnick was the sports agent who represented Maxwell until he was fired on Thursday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Sosnick said he “spent a lot of time explaining [Maxwell’s] point of view to GMs.”
“He obviously believes that another agent would be more successful in finding him a job,” said Sosnick.
The agent said he had contacted every team in the major leagues at least twice to try to get Maxwell a minor-league deal.
“It’s absolutely Bruce’s prerogative to be represented by another company and, quite frankly, it takes a lot of pressure off of me,” Sosnick said.
But a National League scout told The San Francisco Chronicle that Maxwell was an older prospect with too much baggage.
“He might have to play independent ball to try to work his way back,” the scout said.