Former Cleveland Indians outfielder Milton Bradley was sentenced to more than 2 1/2 years in jail for abusing and threatening his estranged wife, the Associated Press reports.
Bradley faced up to 7 1/2 years in jail after he was found guilty 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. Prosecutors say Bradley threatened and attacked his wife five times in 2011 and 2012. 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 and wanted his friends to leave their home.
Bradley, 35, also was ordered to perform 400 hours of community service, half of which will be spent with underprivileged youth in a baseball league. He also will be placed on five years’ probation and must complete a year of domestic violence counseling and an anger management program.
The well-traveled outfielder has had his fair share of run-ins with authority of all levels. During his final season with the Indians, Bradley hit .321 with 10 home runs and 56 RBI in 101 games. In April of 2004, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later (pitcher Andrew Brown) and outfielder Franklin Gutierrez.