FT. LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – Former World Series MVP Manny Ramirez bonded out of jail Tuesday, and was ordered to have no contact with his wife following his arrest on Monday.
He and his wife are telling different stories about this incident, but Ramirez was taken into custody after his wife called 911.
“Sir you’ve been charged with a domestic violence battery,” said Broward Circuit Judge Jon Hurley as Ramirez stepped up to the podium during his first appearance.
Judge Hurley set bond at $2,500.
According to the arrest report, the 39-year-old Ramirez was arguing with his 32-year-old wife Juliana at their home in Weston on Monday afternoon when he reportedly hit her with an open hand on the left side of her face, which caused her head to hit the headboard of the bed.
“The victim advised she was afraid the situation might escalate fuller so she promptly called the police,” said Hurley reading from the report.
“Hi, my husband just hit me,” Ramirez told the operator.
“Is he still inside? Yes. Do you need an ambulance? No.”
“Where did he hit you? In the face and my head and I have a bump on my head.”
Juliana Ramirez refused to give the 911 operator her name, even though she was asked for it a few times.
Ramirez allegedly admitted to police that he and his wife had an argument, but said he grabbed her by the shoulders and when he shrugged her, she hit her head.
Juliana had minor injuries; swelling on the side of her face and a contusion on the back of her head.
As he left the Broward Jail, Ramirez told CBS4’s Kara Kostanich that he had “no comment” and did not want to give any statement.
He smiled as he walked nearly 200 yards with reporters but once he got inside his sister’s van, his demeanor seemed to change.
It happened as Kostanich and another reporter were trying to interview Ramirez, placing their microphones over the driver’s side window of the van.
Suddenly, Ramirez grabbed Kostanich’s microphone and tried to pull it inside the van. Kostanich got her microphone back but she was left with some bruises on her right arm.
Authorities say that Ramirez and his wife did not cooperate and did not give a taped statement.
Ramirez’s family members told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that they did not think it was appropriate to comment.
Ramirez retired from baseball in April of 2011 following a failed drug test, which would have rendered a 100 game suspension.
Ramirez was the Most Valuable Player of the 2004 World Series when he was with the Boston Red Sox. He played for the Red Sox for 7 1/2 years.