Manny Ramirez, the 2004 World Series MVP, was arrested on Monday in his South Florida home on charges of domestic violence. The retired Dominican-American professional baseball outfielder was charged with battery.
According to a report filed d by the Broward County Sheriff's Office, Ramirez, 39, hit his wife, Juliana, in the face which caused her to bump her head against the bed's headboard in the couple's bedroom, reported USA Today.
Juliana told the deputy that she was afraid the situation would escalate and called police, according to an Associated Press report.
Juliana sustained injuries consistent with her story, but she denied medical treatment.
The police report said that while Ramirez accepted that he was involved in an argument with his wife, he denied hitting her. The former star slugger said that his wife hit her head after he shrugged her.
Ramirez was taken to the Broward Main Jail in downtown Fort Lauderdale, where he remained late Monday.
Ramirez played seven-and-a-half seasons with the Boston Red Sox. In 2008 he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers and then traded again to the Chicago White Sox last year. Manny retired from the Major League Baseball in April this year, after failing a MLB administered drug test. Ramirez was allegedly among a group of 104 major league players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs during 2003. In 2009 he served a 50-game ban for violating baseball's drug policy by taking human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a women's fertility drug.
Ramirez is a nine-time Silver Slugger. He made 12 All-Star teams, and hit 555 home runs in a 19-year career.