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Japanese team will “go ahead as planned” with Andruw Jones following domestic violence arrest

Dec 27, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

Andruw Jones mug shot

Andruw Jones was arrested on Christmas morning and charged with battery following an incident in which he allegedly physically abused his wife and told her “I want to kill you.”

That came one week after Jones agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract to play in Japan for the Rakuten Eagles, who apparently have no plans to back out of the deal.

“We received a report it was a domestic fight which escalated,” Eagles president Yozo Tachibana said, via Reuters. “Unless there is any more big surprises, we intend to go ahead as planned with his contract.”

According to the police report Jones is accused of dragging his wife down a staircase by her ankles after she tried to get away from him, grabbing her neck, and threatening to kill her, among other things. The incident took place following a Christmas eve party and escalated when, according to the report, Jones’ wife asked him to help assemble a computer table.

Jones’ wife fled to her parents’ house and police described her as having “visible injuries.”

All of which makes Tachibana’s “unless there is any more big surprises” comment sound pretty awful, because it implies what’s already being reported wasn’t “big” enough.

  1. drewsylvania - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    If we’re going to use the character clause properly (adding it in with the rest of his performance), he just officially removed himself from HoF consideration.

  2. getsome99 - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Nah. Plenty of known wife beaters are already in the HoF and considered upstanding citizens.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      Yes, but they basically weren’t using the character clause at all.

  3. bigdicktater - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    He wasn’t HoF material before this incident, was he?

    • drewsylvania - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      Take a look at his overall stats. A lot of people would see the 434 HRs and the 10 Gold Gloves and consider him. Not me, maybe, but a lot of people.

    • cur68 - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      With his numbers he wouldn’t be the worse guy in the HOF. With his character, he’d fit right in with lots of them.

  4. randygnyc - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Pretty surprised at the teams official reaction. Would’ve preferred a “wait and see the results of the judicial process, first”, response. This strikes me as incredibly misogynistic.

  5. anotheryx - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    All of which makes Tachibana’s “unless there is any more big surprises” comment sound pretty awful, because it implies what’s already being reported wasn’t “big” enough.

    Yeah, I’m sure a Japanese team said so in English to Japanese press and nothing was lost in translation to the point where we can just quote it and nitpick on wording and grammar. No problem here whatsoever!

  6. shanabartels - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    I’m sure most of us reading this story can think of several cases off the top of our heads in which MLB teams found out they had a domestic abuser on their payroll and just shrugged their proverbial shoulders; it would be disingenuous to suggest that the way the Rakuten Golden Eagles are handling this is any different. It’s super disappointing, to say the least — I never look at these guys the same way after I hear about their involvement in domestic violence incidents. Perhaps most disappointing of all is the fact that a guy like K-Rod would probably serve some time in the clink if he were just a regular dude and not a baseball player, yet these ball players just get away with all kinds of truly awful things.

  7. yankeepunk3000 - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    beaten your spouse ant that big a deal in Japan…or China…or Korea…or etc.

  8. qwest12 - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    They don’t care about anything but money. I only hope that this guy has had his guns taken away, and doesn’t know anyone with guns that he can get his hands on. Should be on domestic terrorist watch list.

  9. proudliberal85392 - Dec 27, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Another washed-up jerk.

  10. chc4 - Dec 27, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Our federal Treasury Secretary is a tax-delinquent so nothing surprises me anymore.

    • badintent - Dec 27, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      Little Timmy ? he of the 11th hours stop deal with Lehman Brothers ,Timmy ? noooooooooooooooooo. Not little Timmy. He and all his little Wall Street Brothers let smuck Bernie Madoof take the fall so no one would notice the toxic trenches collapse of $1 trillion BD losses.LIttle Timmy, he got all the answers for Big Daddy Odrama,No fiscal cliff here. We be chilling in Maui. And he be calling out Mitt on tax filing ? Please !

  11. jlilly67 - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    I hope he gets hurt. Can’t stand punks who beat up on women

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