Tokyo Yakult Swallows’ outfielder Wladimir Balentien was arrested in Florida following domestic violence charges against him. Famous for breaking the longest standing record of home runs in the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league with his 60 homers last year, the Curacao-born, former major league baseball player from the Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners is facing charges on felony false imprisonment and a misdemeanor battery charge after an encounter at his wife’s home in Miami.
Police reports say that 29-year old Wladimir forced open some windows in Karla Balentien’s home and climbed through a dining room window to get into the house. Karla has not been answering her phone and refused to open the door for Wladimir, which prompted him to climb in. Inside, Wladimir reportedly grabbed his wife’s arm as she was running upstairs to her bedroom. He locked the bedroom door with him, his wife and their young daughter inside. A witness called the police and Wladimir was arrested.
It is said that the couple are currently on the process of getting a divorce. The incident follows another domestic violence-related case involving a player from the NPB. Rakuten Eagles’ Andruw Jones was arrested last year for suspicion of battering his wife after an argument ended with the police getting involved. Jones’ contract with the Eagles remained even after the incident.
[via USA Today]
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