Ex-Cub Milton Bradley Arrested In Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Former Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley was arrested Tuesday morning in Los Angeles after he allegedly threatened a woman.
CBSLosAngeles.com reported that Bradley, now of the Seattle Mariners, was arrested on charges of making terrorist threats, after a woman called the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Valley Station.
Officers went to Bradley’s home at 10:40 a.m. and arrested him, said Officer Gregory Baek.
Seven hours later, Bradley’s $50,000 bail was posted and he was released from custody, Baek said.
Jack Zduriencik, the Mariners executive vice president and general manager of baseball operations, confirmed that “Milton had been arrested and subsequently released in Los Angeles.
“While we do not yet have full details on what occurred, we are aware of the situation and take it very seriously,” Zduriencik said.
“We are in the process of determining the full circumstances of what occurred today. Until we have more information, we will not be able to comment further,” Zdurinecik continued.
Bradley played right field for Cubs in the 2009 season, and was considered a major disappointment on the North Side. He batted only .257 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI in 2009, a year after hitting .321 with 22 homers for Texas while leading the American League with a .436 on-base percentage.
He also angered fans with repeated lapses in right field and comments critical of the fans and the team.
He was suspended on Sept. 20, 2009, for the remainder of the season after criticizing the team in an interview with the media. A day earlier, Bradley had said in a newspaper interview that he saw why the Cubs’ organization hadn’t won in 100 years and that the team didn’t have a “positive environment.”
In August, Bradley called out Cubs fans, suggesting they are racially abusive and that he faced hatred on a daily basis. Bradley never cited any specific taunts, nor did he come outright and call Cubs fans racist.
Bradley apologized for his behavior three days after he was suspended, but it proved too little too late. Although signing Bradley was a top priority for the Cubs in the 2008-2009 offseason, trading him to another team was a top priority less than a year later.
In December 2009, they did just that. The Cubs acquired right-handed pitcher Carlos Silva, and off to Seattle Bradley went.
In March 2010, Bradley told the New York Times: “Two years ago, I played, and I was good. I go to Chicago, not good. I’ve been good my whole career. So, obviously, it was something with Chicago, not me.”
Meanwhile, Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry called signing Bradley to a three-year, $30 million contract before last season was “a mistake.”
“He just didn’t swing the bat,” Hendry said last year. “He didn’t get the job done. It’s really unfortunate that you … try to use the other areas for excuses.”