Ex-MLB outfielder Milton Bradley charged with assault of wife
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Former Major League outfielder Milton Bradley could end up behind bars for 13 years if found guilty on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and dissuading a witness from making a report in a domestic abuse case involving his estranged wife.
The City Attorney’s Office has filed charges against Bradley stemming from five different incidents, including four counts of spousal battery, four counts of criminal threats, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of vandalism and one count of dissuading a witness from making a report.
Bradley, who remained free, will be arraigned Jan. 24. He denied all the charges.
The outfielder was charged for threatening or attacking his estranged wife on five occasions in 2011 and 2012, according to prosecutors.
“During one incident in November 2012, Bradley allegedly pushed his wife against a kitchen wall and choked her with both hands after she requested that he stop smoking marijuana in front of their children and requested that his friends leave her San Fernando Valley home,” the City Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
The prosecutors also charged Bradley with hitting his estranged wife in the ribs, intimidating her with a baseball bat and threatening her with a knife.
A 12-year veteran and a switch-hitter, Bradley played for the Montreal Expos, Cleveland Indians, Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs and Mariners.
He has a.271 career batting average and his best season came in 2008, when he hit .321 with 22 home runs and 77 runs batted in for the Texas Rangers.
Bradley hasn’t played in the Majors since the Mariners released him in 2011.
Aside from being a dangerous hitter, Bradley’s career was marred by several confrontational outbursts.
The Dodgers traded him to Oakland in 2005 after he threw a water bottle at fans and had a clubhouse run-in with a reporter.
During his brief term with Seattle, he was suspended for a game for bumping an umpire and ejected for arguing a called third strike.