Erik Kramer's Wife Cortney Baird Afraid He's Going to Kill Her and Daughter

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2018

Chicago Bears lineman Andy Heck, middle, provides protection for quarterback Erik Kramer from Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Ellis (98) during the third quarter of the Bears' 13-12 win Sunday, Oct. 18, 1998, at Soldier Field in Chicago. Kramer went 18-of-30 for 233 yards and one touchdown. (AP Photo/Charles Bennett)
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Cortney Baird, the wife of former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer, told police she fears for her life after Kramer threw several household objects at her during a June 13 altercation, according to TMZ Sports.

Kramer was arrested on domestic violence charges and released the next day, though he was given a restraining order and told to stay away from Baird and the couple's daughter. But Baird remains fearful that Kramer will come after her despite the court order.

"I am terrified that he is out looking for me at this very moment and will kill me and my daughter," Baird said.

She has since filed for a divorce.

Baird told police that she and Kramer had a verbal altercation and that when she tried to approach him about it the next day, he "flipped out and began cussing her out, pushing her around the home and then started grabbing various household items to throw at her ... including ice packs and their knife block," according to TMZ.

Kramer did not manage to hit Baird with any of those objects, but then "allegedly started grabbing other items around the home—glasses, candle holders, picture frames—and started smashing them on the ground." Baird called 911 and Kramer admitted to police that he had gotten "physical."

He was charged with "felony corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant" and released after posting a $50,000 bond, according to Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times.

"Mr. Kramer was cooperative at the time of the arrest," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Capt. Joshua Thai told Fenno.

Baird suggested Kramer's suicide attempt in 2015, when he survived a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, proves that he has access to guns and is a danger to her and her daughter. She is seeking to extend the emergency restraining order that was given after Kramer's arrest.

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