The Mets add catcher Bruce Maxwell on a minor league deal, sources told Newsweek. The two sides have agreed on a deal, but the contract is pending a physical and negative COVID-19 test result.
Before this season, Maxwell was the only Major League Baseball player to grab a knee during the national anthem to protest racial inequality. He has no longer appeared in a Major League game or has been signed to an MLB franchise since 2018. He played in the Mexican League in 2019 and the Dominican Winter League last season.
Maxwell ESPN said earlier this month he felt on the MLB blacklist.
“I was pushed out of the game because I took a knee during the national anthem,” said Maxwell in early July.
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In 2018, Maxwell pleaded guilty to disorderly behavior after a 2017 incident with a delivery person. Police accused Maxwell of pointing his gun at the delivery boy. He was initially arrested on charges of an aggravated attack, but that was later reduced.
When asked if he didn’t have baseball because of kneeling or because of the arrest, an anonymous MLB manager gave their opinion.
“It’s the kneeling thing that can keep him from getting another job, not the arrest,” the exec told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2018. “Owners won’t want to deal with that whole anthem.”
MLB has seen more people protest during the national anthem in 2020. Giants manager Gabe Kapler became the first manager to kneel, and stars like Mookie Betts, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks have all knelt as well.