Now millionaire sports figures are throwing waiters under the bus when they don’t get their way.
Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell made a spectacle of himself last month when he took a knee for the national anthem.
Maxwell took his anthem antics to a new low when he spoke to TMZ Sports on Tuesday, claiming he was denied service at an Alabama restaurant for kneeling.
“He [Waiter] was like, ‘You’re the guy who took the knee? I voted for Trump and I stand for everything he stands for,'” Maxwell said.
Maxwell tried to make himself a victim by stating he was racially profiled in his hometown. And apparently felt perfectly fine smearing the name and reputation of a total stranger who works a grueling job for tips.
“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.”
Maxwell was dining with local Democrat councilman Devyn Keith and another companion who failed to show proper ID for a drink, Henry told Fox.
This reportedly upset the friend who followed Henry into the kitchen spouting privilege for his friendship with the sports star.
Henry claimed he didn’t recognize Maxwell, and was just trying to follow the rules so he wouldn’t be fired.
“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 said.
“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.”
That’s when the Democrat councilman reportedly stepped in to complain to the manager, stating the waiter was making Maxwell uncomfortable.
Henry had switched out with another waiter with the understanding from his manager that it was “no big deal,” Fox reported.
That is, until Maxwell cried alleged discrimination to TMZ.
But, Henry is calling his game.
“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 noted. “This is one of the best places to live in America, if not the planet. Hearing this was a slap in the face.”
What’s a slap in the face to a pro-sports player who disrespects a country that glorifies him for throwing balls?
“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?”
Henry’s manager Anne Whalen is backing the waiter’s claim.
“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 told Fox. “Eventually Matt just asked if we could put another server on the table so I did. … I can’t believe the story.”
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