Oakland A's catcher Bruce Maxwell, the only Major League Baseball player to kneel during the national anthem, claimed this week that a waiter in an Alabama restaurant refused to serve him.
Maxwell said he "got racially profiled in my hometown the day I got home. I wasn’t even home four hours and I got denied service at lunch with our city councilman who is also an African American guy I went to high school with because the dude recognized me as the guy who took a knee and he voted for Trump and was at that Trump rally in Huntsville, Alabama."
The ball player said the water "was like, 'Oh, yeah, you’re that guy, huh?' And I was like, 'scuse me?' He was like 'Yea, you’re the guy that took the knee?' He goes, 'I voted for Trump and I stand for everything he stands for.'"
But that's not at all the way the incident went down, according to the waiter and other eyewitnesses in the restaurant, according to Fox News.
“He is outright lying. This is really upsetting as he was given full service, I didn’t even know who Bruce Maxwell was,” Matt Henry, a 42-year-old waiter at Keegan’s Public House, told Fox News. “This all started because I carded his friend who wanted to order a beer.”
According to Henry, an Alabama native, Maxwell was dining with local Democratic councilman Devyn Keith and another friend who produced an expired ID, and the server refused to serve him a drink — which upset the friend, who followed him into the kitchen.
“He asked me, don’t you know who Bruce Maxwell is, and told me I was making everyone feel uncomfortable. Nobody was even paying attention to them,” Henry claimed. “I didn’t know anything about him or the kneeling. All I know is a friend of mine 15 years ago lost his job for serving someone a drink who happened to be underage, so if anyone looks under 30, I’m going to card them.”
The waiter said that the councilman then complained to the restaurant’s manager about Maxwell being uncomfortable, and the manager simply swapped me to another table, and that it was “no big deal.”
The restaurant's manager, Ann Whelen, also disputed Maxwell's tale.
“Matt came to me and told me that a guy wanted a beer but his ID was not valid and told him he absolutely could not give it to him, we can go to jail for that in the state of Alabama. It was his friend causing all the fuss, none of us even knew who this baseball player was. I told him I had no idea who he was going on about,” Whalen said. “Eventually Matt just asked if we could put another server on the table so I did. … I can’t believe the story.”
In fact, Whalen said, only one of the three men produced a proper ID, so only one was served alcohol.
And the waiter said there was never any talk about the current president. “We didn’t even discuss Trump. I was working two jobs, I don’t have time for rallies,” Henry said. “If this all happened a month ago, why suddenly now is he claiming all this now?”
“It’s really easy for people to point a finger at Alabama, and that’s what has upset me about this fabrication the most,” Henry added. “This is one of the best places to live in America, if not the planet. Hearing this was a slap in the face.”