They say the number 13 is bad luck. For former Major League Baseball player Milton Bradley, it could mean much worse.
Bradley, the talented and notoriously combustible player for the Los Angeles Dodgers and many other teams, faces up to 13 years in prison on 13 counts of domestic violence against his wife. To boot, Bradley could face up to $13,000 in fines and restitution if convicted, the Associated Press reports.
Bradley, 34, remained free pending a scheduled Jan. 24 arraignment.
Prosecutors contend that Bradley threatened and attacked his wife five times in 2011 and 2012. He was twice arrested at the home in 2011, the publication reports.
”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,” said a statement from the city attorney’s office.
Prosecutors contend that during other confrontations, Bradley would get vicious: he kicked his wife in the ribs, approached her with a baseball bat and threatened her with a knife while telling her: ”You’ll be dead b—- before you divorce me.”
”My client denies it,” said Bradley’s attorney, Harland Braun. ”I’ve talked to him already. He said ‘she’s making up stories. I don’t know what she’s talking about.”’
The couple have two children but are separated and in the middle of a contentious divorce.
Bradley played 11 years with multiple teams despite his obvious talent, including the Montreal Expos, Cleveland Indians, Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners.
His career was contaminated by multiple temper outbursts. The Dodgers traded him to Oakland in 2005 after he threw a water bottle at fans and he had a clubhouse run-in with a reporter. During his brief term with Seattle, he was suspended for a game for bumping an umpire and ejected for arguing a called third strike. He was arrested near Cleveland during a traffic stop after a confrontation with police officers
He’s been a free agent since the Mariners released him in 2011. But no one wanted to invest in a man with an apparent uncontrollable temper. This latest case pretty much shuts the coffin on his career in the Major Leagues.