Former Yankee and known prostitution solicitor Andruw Jones was arrested on Christmas morning for beating his wife, dragging her down some stairs, grabbing her by the neck and told her, “I want to kill you,” but is still expected to still play in Japan next season.
Apparently it all started when his wife asked him for help putting together a computer desk after a holiday party. Anybody who has ever put together an Ikea desk knows how frustrating that can be, but it’s no excuse.
Here is the Associated Press report:
Nicole Jones told officers that she tried to escape upstairs, but her husband grabbed her by the ankle and dragged her down some stairs, got on top of her and said, “I want to kill you,” according to the report.
“Due to Andruw’s level of intoxication, Nicole said that she was able to push him back and move away from him,” the report states. Nicole Jones then went to her parents’ house.
Police said they found injuries on her neck, which they photographed for evidence.
When officers arrived at the Jones residence in the Sugarloaf Country Club in Duluth, they said he appeared confused about what had happened.
“We entered into the bedroom and announced ‘Gwinnett County police,”’ an officer wrote in the report.
“Andruw did not respond and it appeared as though he was passed out in his clothes,” the officer wrote. “I touched Andruw on the arm and said ‘Gwinnett County police, Andruw, we need to speak with you.’ Andruw woke up and appeared dazed. He appeared heavily intoxicated and confused about why officers were standing in his bedroom.”
Jones signed a one-year deal to play for the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan back in the beginning of the month and it sounds like the Eagles will not try to back out of the deal.
“We received a report it was a domestic fight which escalated,” Eagles president Yozo Tachibana told Reuters. “Unless there is any more big surprises, we intend to go ahead as planned with his contract.”
That sounds about right. Nobody cares how badly an athlete beats his wife as long as he can still contribute (not talking about just baseball). I wonder if the government might step in and keep him from going to Japan or if they’ll figure out a way to settle the trial before the next season.
Jones and his wife have two children together. He also infamously testified against a strip club owner in 2001 prostitution case and admitted to having sex with at least two women although he said that he couldn’t remember either of them.
He seems like such a nice guy who, by all accounts, he was a great member of the Yankees clubhouse. He seems to have little regard for his wife and his kids though. Good to know that he won’t be sticking around so we don’t have to root for an (alleged) violent wife beater.