Former Major League Baseball outfielder Milton Bradley is facing up to 7 1/2 years in prison after being found guilty of abusing his estranged wife.
The troubled 35-year-old was convicted on nine misdemeanor counts including four counts of spousal battery, one count of assault with a deadly weapon, and one count of making criminal threats. His sentencing is scheduled for July 2.
Bradley and his wife have been married for five years and have two children together. However, the two have been separated recently in the midst of an ongoing divorce.
''Domestic violence will not be tolerated, regardless of perceived celebrity or notoriety, and violators will be held fully accountable for their actions,'' Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said in a statement.
In 2005, police received three domestic-violence calls from Bradley's suburban Los Angeles home in a span of 33 days. In one of those incidents, Bradley himself appeared to be the victim. In another one, he allegedly choked his wife, who was pregnant. In 2011, Bradley was arrested on felony assault charges after allegedly trying to strike his wife with a baseball bat. Another incident involved Bradley shoving his wife against a wall and choking her after she insisted he stop smoking marijuana in front of their children.
Bradley's career was constantly marred by controversy on the field, as well. He had separate run-ins with fans, teammates, and coaches over the course of 11 seasons. One of those incidents involved throwing a bottle at a fan while playing as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2005.
He has been a free agent since 2011.