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UPDATE: Milton Bradley arrested on felony charge for allegedly making a threat

Jan 18, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

Mariners' batter Bradley reacts during the second inning of their MLB American League Opening Day baseball game in Seattle

UPDATE: According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Bradley was arrested at home at around 10:40 a.m for making a threat against an unidentified female. He was later released on $50,000 bail.

By the way, here’s a link to the penal code section 422.

9:22 PM: The law isn’t really my game, but our own Craig Calcaterra tweets that Code section 422 involves threats to cause “death or great bodily injury to another person.” He continues:

Importantly, the code section deals with threats even if “there is no intent to carry it out.” Has to be a clear, unequivocal threat, though.

The threats can come via text, in person, in writing, whatever.

Key: it is a crime to make real, specific threats even if it isn’t clear you’re going to carry them out.

9:17 PM: The LAPD has confirmed to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that Bradley was arrested for violating California penal code section 422, which involves making a “criminal threat.” That’s all we have right now.

9:15 PM: Here we go again.

According to King 5 Sports in Seattle, Milton Bradley has been arrested on a felony charge in Los Angeles County. We’re waiting for more details to emerge regarding the specific nature of the crime, but the Mariners may have finally found the loophole they need to void the rest of the his contract. Maybe.

Bradley, who turns 33 in April, is owed $12 million in 2011.

  1. largebill - Jan 18, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    I just knew reuniting him with Eric Wedge was not a great idea.

  2. Gobias Industries - Jan 18, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Man, if only someone had seen something like this coming. Where were the warning signs?

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 19, 2011 at 12:14 AM

      It’s always the ones you least expect. He was always so quiet and reserved. Whoda thunk it?

      • pisano - Jan 19, 2011 at 12:19 AM

        Don’t blame yourself, he had all of baseball fooled. Look how good he was to the umpires and especially the Cub fans. Just a great human being!

  3. fribnit - Jan 18, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Such a fine upstanding young man.

  4. Jonny 5 - Jan 18, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    I wonder who he’ll blame it on this time around? It’s never Milton Bradley’s fault. I hope it wasn’t another group of racist preschoolers ticking him off again. Those little buggers can be downright nasty.

  5. anythingbutyanks - Jan 18, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Somehow texting a threat made without any evidence of intent to follow through seems like it should be less of a crime than sending someone an unsolicited picture of your junk, especially your 40 year old junk. I mean, we’re talking about the threat of harm vs real harm, right?

  6. aaronmoreno - Jan 18, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    The key is now, how specific and proximate was the threat?

  7. xmatt0926x - Jan 18, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    Late word has it that he was just upset at his pal Gary Sheffield being disrespected by the Rays recently. Apparently “the man” is once again out to get them.

  8. shawon0meter - Jan 18, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    This female must’ve been racist like Cubs fans.

  9. pisano - Jan 19, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    I’m appalled! who would have ever guessed it? I’ve always said this guys next stop would be prison,and I have all the faith in the world he’ll get there.I’m sure there’s someone other than Milton to blame for this. He’s a life sentence waiting to happen. Good luck to you Milton.

  10. henryd3rd - Jan 19, 2011 at 2:57 AM

    That man needs help. Mental illness is a real sickness and MLB should mandate that he gets help as long as he’s under contract. I shudder to think what will happen to Bradley once he’s out of baseball

    • pisano - Jan 19, 2011 at 8:16 AM

      henryd3rd….. I’m pretty sure you got your answer with my previous post. It’s inevitable.

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