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Manny Ramirez arrested, accused of slapping wife

SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 28: Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in action against the San Francisco Giants during an MLB game at AT&T Park on June 28, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Manny Ramirez arrested, accused of slapping wife
Manny Ramirez
Broward County Sheriff Dept.

(CBS/AP) WESTON, Fla. - Former Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez was arrested Monday and charged with battery after a domestic dispute at his South Florida home, say police.

According to the police report, Ramirez's wife Juliana called authorities stating that her husband hit her with an open hand on the left side of her face, causing her hit her head on the headboard of the bed in their bedroom, reports CBS station WFOR

Ramirez denied hitting his wife, telling a deputy "he grabbed his wife by the shoulders and when he shrugged her, she hit her head."

Ramirez was taken out of his Weston home in handcuffs around 7 p.m., processed at the Davie jail and charged with one count of battery.

Ramirez retired in April from the Tampa Bay Rays after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Rather than face a 100-game suspension for a second violation of Major League Baseball's drug policy, the 12-time All-Star left the game.

Ramirez previously served a 50-game ban in 2009 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Second-time offenders get double that penalty.

One of the games great sluggers, Ramirez was named MVP of the World Series in 2004 and helped Boston end an 86-year title drought.

  • Edecio Martinez

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