Andruw Jones, the former Atlanta Braves star, was arrested early Christmas Day after he allegedly assaulted his wife, police in an Atlanta suburb said.
Officers were summoned to Jones’s Duluth, Ga., home at around 1:25 a.m. Tuesday “in reference to a domestic dispute,” Gwinnett County police said in a statement. Jones, 35, was arrested and charged with battery. He was released on $2,500 bond.
Nicole Jones told police, according to an incident report obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, that she and her husband had hosted a Christmas party at which Jones had had several alcoholic beverages.
After it ended she told authorities, according to the report, that she wanted Jones to help her prepare the house for Christmas morning and asked him to help her put together a table. At that point, she told police that Jones became angry and grabbed her left arm. She pulled away, but he grabbed her by the ankle, pulled her down and put his hands around her neck, saying, “I want to kill you, I want to [expletive] kill you.”
She escaped and went to the nearby home of her parents. According to the police report, Nicole Jones had “visible injuries,” but Jones denied hurting her.
Jones played 12 seasons with the Braves, then signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008. Since then, he has played for the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees. He signed a one-year, $3.5-million contract to play for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan earlier this month.
Jones and his wife have been major supporters of Jaden’s Ladder, a group that helps victims of domestic violence.