Pizza + gun = probation for A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell


Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell was sentenced Monday to two years’ probation for disorderly conduct in Arizona last October in which he pointed a gun at a food delivery person, according to a court spokesman.

The term handed down by Maricopa County Judge John Hannah was a formality because Maxwell’s guilty plea in April to a disorderly conduct count called for him to be placed on probation and perform community service.

Maxwell, 27, was arrested at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, last Oct. 28 after a woman who was delivering food to his house alleged that he pointed a gun at her, Scottsdale police said.

Maxwell was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct but only pleaded to the disorderly conduct charge, according to the A’s.

Maxwell played for the A’s in 2016, 2017 and earlier this year, but on June 7 the team sent him down to its AAA team in Nashville after he hit just .182 in 18 games.

Earlier in 2017, Maxwell drew attention for becoming the first and only Major League Baseball player to kneel during the national anthem to protest perceived police brutality.

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