On Monday a jury in Los Angeles convicted former Major League Baseball outfielder Milton Bradley of abusing his estranged wife.
The 35-year-old former All-Star was convicted of nine misdemeanor counts, including four counts of spousal battery, one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of making criminal threats. Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney, said Bradley faces seven-and-a-half years in jail at his sentencing, which is scheduled for July 2.
During the four-week trial, prosecutors claimed Bradley threatened and attacked his wife five times between 2011 and 2012. The two have been married for five years and have two children together. They are separated and are in the middle of a contentious divorce.
In one incident, Bradley pushed his wife against a wall and choked her after she asked him to stop smoking marijuana in front of their children. She also demanded his friends leave their home.
Though he was extremely talented, Bradley became more well-known for troubling incidents on and off the field than his actual play during his tumultuous 11-year career. The Los Angeles Dodgers traded him to the Oakland A’s in 2005 after he threw a water bottle at fans and had a clubhouse run-in with a reporter.
During a brief run with the Seattle Mariners in 2011 he was suspended for a game for bumping an umpire while arguing a called third strike. As a member of the San Diego Padres in 2007 Bradley suffered a torn ACL after manager Bud Black forcibly restrained him as he went after first base umpire Brian Winters. According to several people within ear-shot, Winters had address Bradley with a profanity to start the argument.
Those aren’t the only problems Bradley ran into in the big leagues, as his career was littered with similar, troubling incidents. Sadly, it won’t surprise many people that his life turned in this direction.