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Chuck Knoblauch pleads guilty to spousal abuse

Mar 17, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

Knoblauch.jpgAn ugly scene involving the former Twins and Yankees second baseman comes to a close:

Former New York
Yankees star Chuck Knoblauch pleaded guilty today to a misdemeanor
charge of assaulting of a family member in exchange for a year of
deferred adjudication, according to court records.

The Houston native
was accused of choking his wife, Stacey Stelmach on Sept. 25, 2009,
after drinking and taking the anti-anxiety prescription drug Xanax,
prosecutors said.

Among the noted side effects of Xanax are aggression, rage, hostility, mania, agitation and restlessness. Combining it with alcohol is considered highly dangerous, and has been linked to behavioral changes and other nastiness.  Maybe it’s time Knoblauch gave up both.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 17, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    “Among the noted side effects of Xanax are aggression, rage, hostility, mania, agitation and restlessness.”
    Well, at least it alleviates anxiety.

  2. RobRob - Mar 17, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    Not for nothing, but what does this have to do with baseball? Don’t take this harsher than I mean it, but I’m reminded of a certain screed against the Jason Kendall custody hearing, yet this story about Knoblauch has even less to do with baseball. At least Kendall has played a game in the last eight years.

  3. Jack Meoffer - Mar 17, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Chuck could hit something ? He certainly could not hit a target (first base) in the final years of his career.

  4. Matt G - Mar 17, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    This is outrageous! I mean, “former New York Yankees star?” He was good for most of his Yankees career, but he was a star with the Twins.

  5. ecp - Mar 17, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Giving up alcohol is one thing; giving up Xanax might be another thing entirely, depending on why he’s taking it. It does have legitimate medical purposes.

  6. BC - Mar 17, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Drinking and anti-depressants do not mix. Or they shouldn’t, anyway. Especially if as I suspect he did both to punishing excess. Maybe he should have tried Nardil. Stuff is great. It was a pain to not be able to hoist a beer when I was on Nardil but thanks to the meds I didn’t have a care in the world.

  7. Rays fan - Mar 17, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Xanax is related to Valium. It + alcohol definitely do not mix (think Marilyn Monroe).

  8. Old Gator - Mar 17, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    You can, however, mix green creme de menthe, white creme de cacao and holy water. It’s called a Gracehoper.

  9. Rays fan - Mar 18, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    no fair–I laughed so hard I choked!

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