A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell, who gained national attention for being baseball’s only player to take a knee during the national anthem, said he was refused service by a waiter in an Alabama restaurant because of it.

Maxwell, who joined the protests former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started, told TMZ he was recognized by a waiter when he and a friend, a local city councilman, went out for lunch recently.
“He was like, ‘You’re the guy who took the knee? I voted for Trump and I stand for everything he stands for,’ ” Maxwell said.

And with that, the waiter told Maxwell and the councilman, a high school classmate of Maxwell’s who is also African-American, he would not serve them. The councilman then complained to the restaurant’s manager.

“I was racially profiled,” said Maxwell, who has received a lot of support for deciding to join NFL players’ protests to bring awareness to racial injustice and police brutality. “He denied us service at lunch and they had to go get us another waiter to wait on our table.”