According to Michael McKnight of SI.com, former major leaguer Milton Bradley will begin serving a 32-month jail sentence for a conviction related to multiple counts of domestic violence and abuse. He was originally sentenced in June of 2013, but remained free until this week due to the appeal process.
Monique Bradley, Bradley’s wife for eight years, was the victim. She died in September of 2013 (three months after the trial) due to cirrhosis of the liver. As part of his defense at the trial, Bradley argued that the charges were part of a scheme for her to win custody of their two children and get a larger divorce settlement. He was given sole custody of the children after her death.
In a hearing on Monday, Bradley’s attorney tried to get the charges overturned so that he could continue to take care of the children. When given an opportunity to speak in front of the court, Bradley vehemently denied any wrong-doing and accused his late wife of alcoholism despite saying the opposite in the original trial.
“Ray Rice slaps the hell out of a woman, you know. I didn’t do that. I’m not Ray Rice. Greg Hardy beats up a woman. I didn’t do that. You know what I’m saying? It’s obvious to everyone this is a complete farce. This woman is an alcoholic. She drank every single day.”
This argument wasn’t well received by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Thomas Rubinson, who said, “The fact that you’re saying things like that is, to me, not a good sign.”
Monique Bradley’s parents are expected to seek custody of the two children.
You can read more about Bradley’s history of domestic violence in this piece from McKnight and L. Jon Wertheim. It’s a very tough read, but an important one.