During his 12-year career in Major League Baseball, former outfielder Milton Bradley developed a reputation for getting into trouble on the field for his hot temper.
Well, it looks as if those anger issues have followed Bradley off the field in an unfortunate way. According to an Associated Press report (via Yahoo! Sports), Bradley now faces up to 13 years in prison after being arrested on charges of spousal abuse in Los Angeles:
Former Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley has been charged with abusing his estranged wife and faces up to 13 years in jail if convicted. Los Angeles city prosecutors charged Bradley on Thursday with 13 misdemeanour counts, including assault with a deadly weapon.
Per the report, Bradley allegedly threatened and assaulted his wife no fewer than five times over the past two years. Though the charges have been filed, Bradley, 34, will remain free until he's arraigned on Jan. 24.
An oft-troubled player on the field, Bradley spent 12 seasons vacillating between major league clubs. He made one All-Star appearance in 2008, but he seemed to wear out his welcome with his penchant for temper tantrums. Perhaps the most notable instance of Bradley's legendary temper was when he injured his knee in 2007 while arguing with umpire Mike Winters.
This is also not the first time Bradley's anger has followed him off the field with a domestic abuse charge. In 2005, there were three separate domestic calls to Bradley's home over the course of a couple months, but no charges were filed against either party in any instance.
Six years later, while Bradley was with the Seattle Mariners, he was once again arrested in January 2011 after making a threat. Again, however, Bradley escaped being charged with the crime and was reportedly still living with his wife.
With the charges already filed, it looks like Bradley won't be able to escape seeing the courtroom this time.