A’s catcher pleads not guilty

San Francisco Chronicle - - BASEBALL - By Su­san Slusser Su­san Slusser is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: ss­lusser@ sfchron­i­cle.com Twit­ter: @su­sanslusser

A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell, charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault with a deadly weapon and dis­or­derly con­duct af­ter al­legedly wav­ing a gun at a de­liv­ery per­son last month, en­tered a plea of not guilty Tues­day in Phoenix.

Maxwell’s trial will not be un­til next year, ac­cord­ing to the Mari­copa County court cal­en­dar, which lists pre­trial con­fer­ences for Maxwell on Dec. 28 and Jan. 29. A trial date has not yet been set and there is a pos­si­bil­ity of a plea-deal agree­ment.

Maxwell, 26, was in­dicted by a grand jury Nov. 7 fol­low­ing his Oct. 28 ar­rest in Scotts­dale, Ariz. Maxwell, who ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports ap­peared to be in­tox­i­cated, al­legedly pointed a gun at a Post­mates worker who made a de­liv­ery to his ad­dress.

Maxwell posted a $10,000 bond Tues­day and was granted the abil­ity to travel to Texas for the hol­i­days this month and next.

Ma­jor League Base­ball will in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent but will not present any find­ings un­til af­ter the court case is con­cluded. Ei­ther MLB or the A’s, but not both as per the CBA, will im­pose what­ever dis­ci­pline is deemed ap­pro­pri­ate af­ter the find­ings are re­leased.

In Septem­ber, Maxwell, who is from a mil­i­tary fam­ily, be­came the first and, to this point, only, ma­jor-lea­guer to kneel dur­ing the na­tional an­them, say­ing he wanted to protest racial in­jus­tice in the coun­try.

Last month, he told the Ath­letic and TMZ that he was de­nied ser­vice at a restau­rant in Alabama be­cause of the re­ac­tion to him kneel­ing for the an­them; the restau­rant man­ager de­nied that had hap­pened but a Huntsville city coun­cilper­son, Devyn Keith, who was hav­ing lunch with Maxwell, backed Maxwell’s ver­sion of events.

Pitch­ers and catch­ers are ex­pected to re­port to the A’s spring train­ing camp in Mesa on Feb. 14.

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