Former Cubs Player Charged With Domestic Abuse
Milton Bradley, 34, has been charged with abusing his estranged wife on January 11, according to this article from ABC news.
Bradley, a former Chicago Cubs outfielder, faces 13 misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and dissuading a witness from making a report. He could receive up to 13 years in prison and $13,000 in fines and restitution if convicted.
There have been other instances of domestic disturbance between Bradley and his wife. In 2011 and 2012, prosecutors say he threatened his wife five times—and was arrested twice in 2011. Although the wife has given details of certain encounters, Bradley maintains that she’s lying about the alleged abuse. He told his lawyer that “she's making up stories. I don't know what she's talking about.” Some of the allegations include Bradley kicking his wife in the ribs, threatening her with a knife, and choking her after she asked that he not smoke marijuana in front of their two kids. Currently, the two are in the middle of a contentious divorce.
A free agent since 2011, Bradley’s baseball history includes the Montreal Expos, Cleveland Indians, Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners. However, his 11 years in the majors also detail a history of confrontational behavior. In 2005, he was traded after throwing a water bottle at fans as well as having a run-in with a reporter. He was also ejected and suspended from a Mariners game after arguing about a call and bumping into the umpire.
He is scheduled for an arraignment on January 24.
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