- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell claims he was “racially profiled” by a President Trump-supporting waiter who refused to serve him because he disagreed with the baseball player’s kneeling during the national anthem.

“I got racially profiled in my hometown,” the Alabama native, who has been the only Major League Baseball player to take a knee this season, told TMZ in a video posted Tuesday.

Mr. Maxwell said he was having lunch with a city councilman, who is also black, when they were denied service by a waiter who recognized the A’s catcher.

“He denied us service at lunch and they had to go get us another waiter to wait on our table in that same restaurant,” he said. “He was like, ‘You’re the guy that took the knee? He goes, ‘I voted for Trump,’ he goes, ‘And I stand for everything he stands for.’”

Mr. Maxwell said the councilman spoke privately with the manager and a new waiter was assigned to their table.

“That’s where I’m from, man,” the baseball player scoffed. “Unless you’re subject to it, you won’t understand it, you won’t feel it. I’m 26 years old. I’m very respectful. I’m very educated. And it still happens to this day. That’s the reason that I’m kneeling — stuff like that.”

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