Former MLB superstar Manny Ramirez was arrested Monday night for allegedly slapping his wife in the face after an argument, according to a police report obtained by TMZ.
TMZ first reported that Ramirez, 39, was arrested in his Florida home for slapping his wife in the face with such force that she fell back and hit her head against the headboard of the couple's bed.
According to the police report, when cops arrived at Ramirez's house, his wife, Juliana, had red swelling on her face and a small bruise on the back of her head. Ramirez denies slapping his wife in the face and instead claims he grabbed his wife by the shoulders and when he shook her she hit her head against the headboard.
Ramirez was charged with first degree misdemeanor battery and faces up to a year in jail, if convicted.
Ramirez retired from the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this year after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs for at least the second time in his career. He would have faced a minimum of a 100 game suspension and decided to retire from baseball rather than serve the suspension.
Over the course of his storied career Ramirez has made 12 All-star teams, hit 555 home runs, and won a World Series MVP award with the Boston Red Sox in 2004. He played for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, and the Tampa Bay Rays during his 19-year career.
Ramirez gained most notoriety during his time with the Red Sox in the early to mid-2000s. Known for his on-and-off the field antics and a Manny being Manny mentality, Ramirez both delighted and frustrated Red Sox fans during his seven and a half seasons with the team.
He played a major part in helping the team end a long World Series drought -- leading the Red Sox to victories in 2004 and 2007.
After years of on-and-off trade demands, the Red Sox finally shipped Ramirez to the Dodgers in 2008 and his impact on the field began to diminish over time.