Los Angeles, CA – Former Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley, 34, has been charged with 13 misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism, and dissuading a witness from making a report.
The charges break down as follows, according to The Score: 4 counts of spousal battery, 4 counts of criminal threats, 2 counts of assault with a deadly weapon, 2 counts of vandalism, and 1 count of dissuading a witness from making a report.
All charges stem from his alleged abuse against his estranged wife, Monique. Bradley remains free until his pending January 24, 2013 arrangement.
If convicted Bradley could face 13 years in jail and $13,000 in fines.
Prosecutors stated that between 2011 and 2012 Bradley had assaulted his wife up to five separate times. He was arrested twice in 2011. Bradley vehemently denies the violence, contending that his wife is “making up stories,” according to the LA Times. The two have two children together, but have been separated amidst a particularly nasty divorce.
On January 18, 2011, Bradley was arrested at his home in Encino, California and charged with making criminal threats to his wife, Monique. In return for participating in an out-of-court hearing process, no charges were filed against him. On January 11, 2012, Bradley was again charged with domestic battery.
The city attorney’s office statement emphasized that:
“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.”
During other confrontations Bradley kicked his wife in the ribs, threatened her with “death before divorce,” and intimidated her with weapons like knives and baseball bats.
Bradley, from Harbor City, California, has played baseball in the major leagues for nearly 12 years for teams like the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. Unfortunately, Bradley’s career has been tarnished with a history of tirades, meltdowns, and negative public outbursts against fans, reporters, players, and umpires. He has been a free agent since the Mariners released him in 2011.