Former baseball slugger Manny Ramirez was arrested tonight, accused of hitting his wife during an argument in their Weston, Fla., home.
Ramirez, a former World Series MVP and 12-time All-Star who retired this year after testing positive for drugs for a second time, smacked his wife so hard she hit her head against the headboard of their bed, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.
He told police that she hit her head when he grabbed her by the shoulders and “shrugged her,” but officers on the scene said evidence showed he was “the primary aggressor” and that her account was more accurate, the arrest report said.
Ramirez, 39, was charged with battery.
Ramirez was one of baseball’s greatest hitters throughout his 19-year career, primarily with the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox. In 2004, he helped the Red Sox win their first World Series in 84 years, and then again in 2007. Over the last three years of his career, he bounced between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox before ending his career in April with the Tampa Bay Rays.