Athletics’ catcher Bruce Maxwell was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon around 6 PM PST on Saturday after allegedly pointing a gun at a woman who delivered food to his house in Scottsdale, Ariz. Maxwell was also charged with disorderly conduct. He’s currently in custody, where TMZ reports he is awaiting his first appearance before a judge. The Athletics have not yet addressed the arrest or divulged any additional details about the nature of the incident.
The Scottsdale police department released a statement following Maxwell’s arrest:
Maxwell, 26, was thrust into the spotlight in September after he became the first major league player to publicly protest racial injustice and police brutality against Black people by kneeling during the national anthem. In October, he was reportedly refused service by Matthew Henry, a restaurant server in Huntsville, Ala., in direct response to Maxwell’s decision to kneel. That account has since been denied by Henry.
More details will be revealed as they become available.
The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month.
Gennett, 27, is coming off of a career-best performance in 2017. After getting claimed off of waivers by the Reds last March, he broke out with an impressive .295/.342/.531 batting line, 27 home runs and 2.4 fWAR in 497 plate appearances. By season’s end, he ranked among the top five most productive second basemen in the National League (and 12th overall). He’s currently set to remain under team control through 2019.
Gennett was only the second Reds player to go to an arbitration hearing this winter. Fellow infielder Eugenio Suarez was defeated in arbitration last week and stands to make just $3.75 million compared to the $4.2 million he filed for in January. All 22 arbitration cases have now been resolved. Twelve were decided in favor of the players.