Bradley was released by the Seattle Mariners in May 2011 and arrested later that year for allegedly swinging a bat at his wife. She obtained a restraining order against him after he also threatened her with a gun.
Bradley was convicted in June on nine misdemeanor charges and faced over seven years in prison. He was found guilty of:
- - four counts of spousal battery
– two counts of criminal threats
– one count of assault with a deadly weapon
– one count of vandalism
– one count of brandishing a deadly weapon
Bradley’s sentence calls for 960 days in jail (32 months), 400 hours of community service and five years of probation. Bradley also has to take an anger management class and complete a year of domestic violence counseling.
The former MLB player is going through a divorce with his wife of five years, with whom he has two children. The Associated Press says Bradley is appealing his sentence and currently free on $250,000 bond. He is due back in court next month.
According to the LA Daily News’ Susan Abram, Bradley said in a statement to the court that he’s never harmed anyone, but admits he has anger issues. He told reporters after his sentence that he has a lot of respect for the judge and courts.
Here’s a photo of Bradley outside the Van Nuys courthouse.
Former Dodger Milton Bradley reacts outside courthouse to his near 3 year jail sentence for spousal battery. pic.twitter.com/mxIV266UK9
— Susan Abram (@sabramLA) July 2, 2013