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Former Atlanta Braves Star Andruw Jones Arrested

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Former Atlanta Braves All-Star outfielder Andruw Jones was arrested at 4:00 a.m. on Christmas morning and charged with battery in an incident involving his wife, Nicole.

The Associated Press has now reported details from the police report about the former MLB outfielder’s arrest:

“Police say the wife of former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones accused him of dragging her down a staircase, grabbing her neck and saying he wanted to kill her. A police report obtained by The Associated Press says the fight happened around 1:30 a.m. on Christmas Day, after Nicole Jones asked her husband to help her prepare their home for Christmas morning. … Nicole Jones told officers she tried to escape upstairs, but her husband grabbed her by the ankle and dragged her downstairs, got on top of her and said, “I want to kill you,” according to the report.”

The usually jovial-looking Jones was a fan favorite while in Atlanta, so news of an alleged violent act like this comes as a surprise to many who have followed his career since breaking out in the 1996 World Series with two home runs in is first two at-bats at Yankee Stadium.

But this isn’t Jones’ first run-in with the law in the Atlanta area. In 2001, Jones testified in a prostitution case against an Atlanta strip club owner. Although he was never charged, Jones said that he was invited to the Gold Club–which at the time was a popular establishment with certain celebrities in the Atlanta area–and that he was propositioned for sex by two strippers. Jones then testified under oath that he had sex with both women in front of the club’s owner and six other unnamed men.

After leaving the Braves, Jones played with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and he last played in 2012 with the New York Yankees. On December 7 of this year, Jones agreed to a one-year $3.5 million contract with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League.

Jones has been released from the Gwinnett County Jail on $2,400 bail.

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Michael Collins is a Rant Sports NFL and MLB Network Manager, and Atlanta sports columnist. Follow him @GaSportsCraze on Twitter and here on Facebook