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Wladimir Balentien arrested on domestic violence charges

Jan 13, 2014, 6:50 PM EDT

balentien booking photo ap AP

According to the Associated Press, former major league outfielder Wladimir Balentien has been arrested on domestic violence charges in Florida.

Balentien, 29, is facing a felony false imprisonment charge and a misdemeanor battery charge following a confrontation at his wife’s house over the weekend. The couple is currently going through a divorce.

According to a police affidavit, Karla Balentien refused to answer the door or her phone when Wladimir Balentien arrived at the house Sunday. Wladimir Balentien then pulled out several window screens and climbed into the house through a dining room window.

Balentien grabbed his wife’s arm as she was running upstairs, police said, and then followed her into a bedroom and locked the door. The couple’s young daughter was also there.

A witness called police and Balentien was taken into custody, according to the affidavit.

Balentien is scheduled to have a bail hearing, but he was still in custody as of late this afternoon. A judge has ordered him to stay away from his wife.

Balentien, who previously played in the majors with the Mariners and Reds, joined the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Japan’s Central League last season and set a new-single season record with 60 home runs.

  1. Ayana Rashed - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Reblogged this on Imarashed.

  2. fearthehoody - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    As a Mariners fan, I’m surprised he was able to make contact with anything!

  3. innout10 - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    60 dingers in Japan means someone in majors will give him a look. Sounds like a bit of a nutcase tho

    • karlkolchak - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Not now–he likely just blew his chance to get a look. Nobody will want to sign on this kind of trouble.

  4. thebadguyswon - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    The Rays have already contacted his agent.

  5. sawxalicious - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Is it just me, or does he kind of look like a conehead?

  6. seanb20124 - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Sound like a regular Elijah Dukes

    • karlkolchak - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      He likes the ganga?

  7. sdelmonte - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    For the record, this is far more of a heinous thing than someone using PEDs. All the outrage we are spending on A-Rod belongs here instead.

    • pixteca - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      not a “more heinous thing”, just different, both are terrible people.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

        No, this is much worse than cheating at a game.

  8. meatcarroll - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    I feel bad for their daughter.

  9. yournuts - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    perhaps he has roid rage? I mean 60 dingers in Japan? Do they test there?

  10. bradsjmith - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:25 AM

    wow you guys are quick to jump. 1. yes japan test. it is actually more strict than the states. they follow the olympic doping regs. they can even get busted for drinking a energy drink sold at a local 7/11. some of our supplements are even illegal in japan.
    2. sounds to me he was at his house where his wife is staying arguing with her and she ran inside. maybe started braking something. he then got into the house and rather than letting the daughter see he tried to keep her in the bedroom. if anything it seems he was trying to talk to his wife. she didnt get hit or anything. we have all been there. trying to talk to a loved one and just not going well. they yell scream and kick. so rather than jumping how about you step back and try to see both sides. just a idea.

    • bradsjmith - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:26 AM


    • louhudson23 - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:36 AM

      He climbed in the widow of a locked house….pretty much over at that point.

  11. timmmah10 - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    I’m not surprised… he was hitting everything there towards the end of the year…

  12. timmmah10 - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    PS the top of his head looks like it’s in a funhouse mirror… wtf?

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