Milton Bradley, whose 12-year MLB career was marked by his occasional outbursts at fans, reporters, and umpires, was convicted in a Los Angeles courtroom yesterday of threatening and attacking his wife, from whom he is separated.
Bradley, 34, was found guilty on a total of nine counts—four for spousal battery, two for criminal threats, one for assault with a deadly weapon, one for brandishing a deadly weapon, one for vandalism. The Los Angeles Times says the conviction stems from a total of five incidents between 2011 and 2012 at the San Fernando Valley home he and his wife shared. The paper detailed four of those episodes:
In an August 2011 incident, Bradley was accused of brandishing a baseball bat, raising it above his head and menacing his wife with it.
In another incident, in November 2012, authorities said Bradley pushed his wife against a kitchen wall and choked her with both hands after she asked that he stop smoking marijuana in front of their children, according to prosecutors.
In March 2012, Bradley allegedly threatened his wife with a knife, stating, “You’ll be dead, bitch, before you divorce me.”
Bradley also allegedly threw a cellphone at a television screen during an argument in August 2012. The argument escalated into a physical altercation, during which Bradley allegedly kicked his wife in the ribs while she was on the floor.
Bradley's wife has a restraining order against him. The couple has been married for five years, and they have two children. Bradley is scheduled to be sentenced July 2. He faces up to seven years in jail.
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