He’s played for a number of major league baseball clubs, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, and the Chicago Cubs. However, now ex-Texas Ranger Milton Bradley is playing in an even bigger league as he faces a divorce and jail time.
Bradley was convicted of abusing his soon-to-be ex-wife and currently faces more than seven years in jail after being convicted of multiple charges including spousal battery, assault with a deadly weapon, and making criminal threats.
According to prosecutors, Bradley repeatedly threatened and attacked his wife over an extended period. Incidents reportedly include Bradley pushing his wife into a wall, choking her when she requested he stop smoking marijuana in front of the couple’s children children, threatening her with a knife, and kicking her in the ribs while she was down on the ground.
Though Bradley and his wife have been married for five years and have two children, they are separated and in the midst of a heated divorce battle.
Bradley’s brush with the law isn’t new. In addition to a one-game suspension in 2011 for yelling at an umpire, he was arrested in 2004 for allegedly becoming confrontational with a police officer during a traffic stop.
Divorce is a difficult situation for all parties involved. When it includes domestic violence, it can be unbearable. The law requires those involved in creating an intolerable environment be accountable for their behavior. Regardless of Bradley’s celebrity status, his actions against his wife and in front of his children are just the type of behaviors that can come under scrutiny during a divorce.
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, “Mariners one-timer Milton Bradley faces prison after spousal abuse conviction,” Nick Eaton, June 4, 2013