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Former Dodger Milton Bradley charged in domestic abuse case

January 11, 2013 |  6:26 pm

Former major leaguer Milton Bradley, who spent parts of two tumultuous seasons with the Dodgers, faces prosecution on 13 misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and persuading a witness from making a report in a domestic abuse case involving his estranged wife in Los Angeles, authorities said.

Bradley, 34, who was traded in 2005 by the Dodgers to the Oakland A's after throwing a water bottle at fans and having an altercation with a reporter, could be jailed up to 13 years and forced to pay $13,000 in fines and restitution if convicted on all counts.

He denies the charges, which include Bradley threatening or attacking his estranged wife on five occasions in 2011 and 2012, according to prosecutors, who charged him Thursday and released the following statement:

“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.”

Other charges include Bradley hitting his estranged wife in the ribs, intimidating her with a baseball bat and threatening her with a knife.

Bradley, who was born in Harbor City and starred at Long Beach Poly High, has not played in the majors since the Seattle Mariners released him after he played in 28 games in 2011. The 12-year veteran, a switch-hitter who could play all three outfield positions, has a .271 career batting average. His best season came in 2008, when he hit .321 with 22 home runs and 77 runs batted in for the Texas Rangers.



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