Often controversial Seattle Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley will report to spring training this month without legal charges hanging over his head stemming from his arrest for allegedly threatening his wife with bodily harm.
According to Bradley’s attorney, Harland Braun, “The allegations against Milton Bradley were thoroughly investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. Both agencies determined there was no basis to file charges and no charges were filed.
“As is customary in domestic cases, the City Attorney’s Office has scheduled a private meeting with Milton and his wife to make sure that this type of misunderstanding does not occur again.”
That meeting is scheduled March 9 for Bradley and wife Monique.
“Milton and his wife and children all reside together as a family and request that the media respect their wish that the matter remain personal and private. In fact, I have instructed my client not to discuss his relationship with his wife except at the private conference with the city attorney and with a marital counselor,” Braun said.
That likely won’t preclude the media from approaching Bradley when he reports to camp next week in Peoria, Ariz., much as reporters clamored last year for comments after he flipped an obscene gesture at Texas Rangers fans – and was caught doing so on television – the first week of the season in Arlington, Texas.
What new manager Eric Wedge and his staff will look for now is some sign that Bradley, 32, can bounce back from a season that saw him bat .205 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 61 games. Hampered by injuries and his own anger-management issues, Bradley missed more than 100 games in 2010. His role this season is an uncertain, although the team wants badly to get some return for the $12 million they owe Bradley in 2011.
Now, at least, neither Bradley nor the team will have camp interrupted by legal problems.
The Mariners had no response to Braun’s statement, standing by their previous sentiment – that the team looks forward to getting Bradley and his teammates in camp and letting them all compete for spots on the opening-day roster.