Nicole Jones, the wife of former Major League outfielder Andruw Jones, has filed for divorce from the ex-Atlanta Braves superstar following his arrest on battery charges.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Andruw Jones, 35, his wife claims the baseball player grabbed her neck and threatened to kill her on Christmas, the Associated Press reported.
A week later, Nicole Jones filed for divorce from Andruw after 10 years of marriage, calling the union “irretrievably broken” in papers filed in an Atlanta court, according to the AP.
The alleged fight between Nicole and Andruw Jones was not mentioned in the divorce papers. The altercation caused Nicole to call police on Andruw, leading to the battery charges against him.
In her divorce filing, Nicole Jones wants legal and primary custody of the couple’s 9-year-old son. She’s also seeking child support, alimony and half of their property, the AP reported. Nicole Jones signed a pre-nuptial agreement, which she said she wants a judge to nullify.
A fight broke out between the couple early Christmas morning, when Nicole Jones asked Andruw to help spruce up their Atlanta-area home for the holiday. That’s when the former Atlanta Braves star allegedly grabbed her by the ankle and dragged her down a flight of stairs, the AP reported, citing the criminal complaint.
The former Major League outfielder then allegedly got on top of his wife and threatened, “I want to kill you,” the news wire service reported.
Andruw Jones was allegedly drunk during the fight, which enabled Nicole to push him away, the complaint stated.
The Gwinnett County Police Department said it observed injuries to Nicole’s neck, which was photographed for evidence.
Officers who responded to the Jones’ Duluth, Ga., home said they found Andruw passed out in the bedroom of the house and confused about the details of the alleged incident, the AP reported.
Jones played 16 seasons in the majors, including 11 with the Braves. He also suited up for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox before ending his Major League career with the New York Yankees.
The five-time All-Star is still playing baseball with Japan’s Tohoku Rakuten Golden Fighters of the Pacific League.
Jones’ arrest has so far not prevented his new team from denying him his one-year, $3.5 million contact, NBC Sports reported.