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Manny Ramirez tells reporters he "closed" his domestic violence case, report says

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

(CBS/WFOR/AP) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Former Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez, who was arrested over a domestic dispute at his South Florida home and ordered to have no direct contact with his wife, told one reporter, after making bail, "The case is closed. I closed it," a report says.

Ramirez, 39, was released on $2,500 bail Tuesday after spending the night in the Broward County Jail.

Ramirez was greeted by hordes of reporters and told one reporter in Spanish that he closed the case. When asked if he can really close a case, he responded, "I closed it because I'm the protagonist," reports the Miami Herald.  

Once he reached his car, he appeared that he had enough, reports the Herald, who said Ramirez reached over and threw a microphone that a reporter shoved in his face while in the car.

The baseball star could get up to a year in jail if convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery charges.

According to the arrest report, Ramirez was arguing with his wife Juliana when he reportedly hit her with an open hand on the left side of her face, which caused her head to hit the headboard of the bed, reports CBS affiliate WFOR.

"The victim advised she was afraid the situation might escalate fuller so she promptly called the police," said Hurley reading from the report, reports the station.

Ramirez allegedly admitted to police that he and his wife had an argument, but said he grabbed her by the shoulders and when he "shrugged" her, she hit her head.

Juliana had minor injuries, which included swelling on the side of her face and a contusion on the back of her head.

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

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