Officers responded around 1:25 a.m. Tuesday to Jones’ house in the Sugarloaf Country Club near Duluth, “in reference to a domestic dispute involving husband and wife,” Gwinnett police said in a statement. After investigating the incident, police arrested Jones and charged him with battery.
Provano also cites the police report, which offers more details on the alleged assault.
The report states that Jones had consumed alcohol at a Christmas Eve party the couple was hosting. After asking her husband to help prepare the house for Christmas morning, Jones' wife claimed that he grabbed her by the arm. The situation allegedly escalated from there:
She pulled away and attempted to go upstairs, according to the report, but Jones grabbed her by the ankle, pulled her down and put his hands around her neck and said, “I want to kill you, I want to [expletive] kill you.”
Jones was reportedly released from police custody by posting bond hours after the arrest.
A 16-year major league veteran, Jones is best known for his tenure with the Atlanta Braves from 1996-2007. In that time, the Curacao native was named to five All-Star games and won 10 Gold Gloves.
Most recently, Jones played for the New York Yankees in 2012. After hitting free agency at the end of the year, Jones signed a one-year contract with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League.