By Aaron Blevins, 1/24/2013
Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley was charged with 13 criminal counts for physically attacking and threatening his estranged wife on five separate occasions.
Milton Bradley, 34, was charged with multiple criminal counts, 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 could face up to 13 years in jail if convicted on all counts as well as $13,000 in fines and ordered restitution for damaged property.
“The City Attorney’s Office remains ready to assist all people victimized by spousal abuse,” City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said. “Domestic violence will not be tolerated, regardless of perceived celebrity or notoriety, and violators will be held fully accountable for their actions.”
Charges against Bradley stem from four incidents in 2012 and one incident in 2011, during which he allegedly physically assaulted and threatened his wife. Bradley and his wife have been married for five years and have two children together. They are currently separated, and his wife has a restraining order against him.
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 that his friends leave her San Fernando Valley home.
In March 2012, Bradley allegedly threatened his wife with a knife stating, “You’ll be dead, bitch, before you divorce me.” He allegedly threatened to kill his wife in August 2011 while raising a baseball bat with both hands as he approached her.
Bradley also allegedly threw a cell phone at a television screen during an argument in August 2012. The argument led to a physical altercation, during which he allegedly kicked his wife in the ribs while she was on the floor.
Bradley is scheduled to be arraigned today in Los Angeles Superior Court. According to the city attorney, Bradley is currently a free agent. He last played for the Seattle Mariners in 2011.