Former major-league outfielder Andruw Jones was arrested early Christmas morning and charged with battery outside of Atlanta after his wife accused him of dragging her down a flight of stairs, grabbing her neck and threatening to kill her, according to reports Wednesday.
Jones, 35, was arrested by the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department, which responded to the reported domestic dispute that took place around 1:30 a.m. at Jones' home in Duluth, Ga.
According to the sheriff's report, Jones spent approximately seven hours in jail before he was released on $2,400 bond.
Jones' wife, Nicole, told authorities that she asked her husband to help prepare their home for Christmas. But when she tried to go back upstairs, Jones grabbed one of her ankles, dragged her down the stairs and told her he wanted to kill her after getting on top of her.
A 17-year veteran, Jones spent the first 12 years of his career with the Atlanta Braves. He won 10 Gold Gloves and made five All-Star appearances.
After playing in 2011-12 with the New York Yankees as a backup outfielder, he signed earlier this month with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League.