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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, Oakland Athletics' Mark Canha (20) places his hand on the shoulder of Bruce Maxwell as Maxwell takes a knee during the national anthem prior to a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Oakland, Calif. What began more than a year ago with a lone NFL quarterback protesting police brutality against minorities by kneeling silently during the national anthem before games has grown into a roar with hundreds of players sitting, kneeling, locking arms or remaining in locker rooms, their reasons for demonstrating as varied as their methods. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

A waiter said MLB anthem protester Bruce Maxwell lied about being refused service



A restaurant waiter in Huntsville, Alabama, said that Bruce Maxwell is lying about being refused service during the Major League Baseball (MLB) catcher’s recent visit there.

Maxwell said during a Tuesday interview that an employee who supports President Trump denied him service during a stop in Huntsville.

“[Maxwell] is outright lying,” Matt Henry, a 42-year-old waiter at Keegan’s Public House, told Fox News Wednesday.

“This is really upsetting as he was given full service,” he continued. “I didn’t even know who Bruce Maxwell was.”

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“This all started because I carded his friend who wanted to order a beer. I didn’t know about [Maxwell] or the kneeling.”

Henry, an Alabama native, said that Maxwell was dining with local Democratic councilman Devyn Keith and another friend who produced an expired ID.

The server then refused the friend an alcoholic beverage, upsetting the individual and ultimately causing a manager to move their party to another table.

“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,” manager Anne Whalen said.

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“It was his friend causing all the fuss,” she added. “None of us even knew who this baseball player was.”

“Eventually Matt just asked if we could put another server on the table so I did … I can’t believe this story.”

Maxwell said earlier this week that he was “racially profiled” while recently visiting Keegan’s, with a waiter there refusing him and his friends service.

The Oakland Athletics catcher added that the waiter specifically cited his support for Trump as the reason for refusing to serve his party.

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Maxwell became the first MLB player to kneel during the national anthem last month after Trump derided the gesture during a rally in Huntsville.

Trump urged the National Football League (NFL) to fire players who perform the move, and he has since repeatedly attacked it as unpatriotic.

Multiple professional athletes across several sports have knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner” this year to protest America’s racial injustice.

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