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Bradley Had Problems at Home Too

Police have responded three times to domestic violence calls. No arrests were made, and Dodger outfielder calls the report 'exaggerated.'

August 31, 2005|Tim Brown and Alan Abrahamson | Times Staff Writers

"Dodger owner Frank McCourt and I have made it crystal clear that character is an essential attribute for everyone within the Los Angeles Dodgers organization," Dodger General Manager Paul DePodesta said in a statement. "As we have already stated, Milton Bradley has health issues that we expect he will address. We are disappointed that he is facing challenges away from the ballpark, but we are confident he will confront these issues as well."

Dodger officials said they were unaware of the domestic disputes and the 911 calls.

"We were [aware] that Milton was not entirely happy at different points away from the field, as we are aware of that with some of our other players. But at no point were we aware of any actual incident or any actual issue whatsoever," DePodesta told reporters in a conference call.

As for Bradley's future with the Dodgers, DePodesta said, "You never know what might happen. But he has to work through all those issues not just to our satisfaction but to the satisfaction of our entire organization and our fans for that to be possible."

While Bradley's teammates have often found him to be a sullen figure in the clubhouse, Bradley has been one of the Dodgers' most productive hitters when healthy. He came to the organization at the start of the 2004 season after quarreling with his manager in Cleveland, Eric Wedge, but formed a deep bond with Tracy, and spoke of gaining on his anger-management issues.

Last week, approached by the veteran Kent about hustling more -- the same concern expressed by Wedge 17 months before -- Bradley lashed out again.

"I tried to be his friend," teammate Ricky Ledee said. "It's hard because he likes to keep to himself, but we talked about our families. I'm like everyone in here. We care about him and his family and want him to overcome his problems, baseball aside."

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Bradley incidents

A history of Milton Bradley's run-ins:

* August 2005 -- Three days after being confronted by Dodger second baseman Jeff Kent for not hustling, Bradley accuses Kent of badgering him all season and not understanding African Americans. After meeting with Dodger owner Frank McCourt, Bradley is diagnosed with a torn patella tendon and put on the disabled list.

* Summer 2005 -- Police respond to reports of domestic violence at Bradley's Redondo Beach home on June 28, July 11 and July 30. In one instance, he allegedly choked his pregnant wife, bloodied her lip and threw a cellphone into a wall. He was not arrested in any of the incidents.

* December 2004 -- Bradley serves three days in jail stemming from an August 2003 incident in which he drove away from a police officer in Ohio before signing a speeding ticket. He pleads guilty to obstructing official business. In a separate traffic-related incident in Ohio, Bradley pleads guilty to a fourth-degree misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct stemming from a Nov. 25, 2004, arrest for yelling at a police officer. He pays a $175 fine and receives a suspended jail sentence. Bradley stopped his car after his friend had been pulled over in another car and screamed at the officer to arrest him.

* October 2004 -- Bradley has a clubhouse confrontation with Los Angeles Times reporter Jason Reid when Reid asks Bradley about his treatment by St. Louis fans after a playoff game.

* September 2004 -- Bradley is suspended for five games and fined $15,000 for slamming a plastic bottle at the feet of fans at Dodger Stadium after a fan threw the bottle onto the field near Bradley.

* June 2004 -- Bradley is suspended for four games and fined $2,500 for a contentious exchange with umpire Terry Craft after being ejected. Bradley grabbed a ball bag and hurled the contents onto the field.

* April 2004 -- Bradley is pulled from a Cleveland Indian exhibition game for not running out a pop fly that fell for a single. He argues with Manager Eric Wedge and is traded to the Dodgers two days later for top prospect Franklin Gutierrez and another minor leaguer.

* April 2002 -- Emergency medical personnel take Bradley to a hospital after he refuses to leave a Cleveland restaurant. According to the medical report, he was severely intoxicated.

* April 1999 -- Bradley, a Montreal prospect, is suspended for seven games for spitting gum at an umpire during a minor league game. He had been ejected for charging the mound after being hit by a pitch.

-- STEVE HENSON

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\o7Times staff writer Steve Henson, in Chicago, contributed to this report.

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