Milton Bradley Convicted of Abusing His Ex-Wife
The crimes of which Bradley was found guilty include four counts of spousal battery and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. He faces as much as seven and a half years at his sentencing hearing on July 2nd. In the meantime, he has been remanded to custody with bail set at $250,000.
The charges against Bradley arose out of five separate incidents investigated by Los Angeles police in 2011 and 2012. According to the L.A. City Attorney’s Office, prosecutors tried to get Bradley into counseling early on in the series of incidents, but presumably he refused.
I don’t take any particular joy in Bradley ruining his life, but I can’t say I’m particularly surprised either. Throughout his baseball career, he was always a lightning rod who was utterly incapable of admitting or probably even realizing his role in the inevitable problems that arose with managers, teammates, fans and the media. How can you learn from your mistakes when you never do anything wrong?
Bradley will probably have a good, long time in jail to think about the events that got him there. Judges often throw the book at celebrities once they’ve been convicted of crimes. That way, they can’t be accused of giving the celebrity a pass, and it sends a widely reported message to potential miscreants in the general public that crime doesn’t pay. Whether Bradley learns anything about himself and his behavioral problems during his prison stay remains to be seen.