Manny Ramirez arrested, charged with battery over domestic dispute. His legacy is done.

Former World Series MVP and 11-time All-Star Manny Ramirez was arrested and charged with battery Monday night over a domestic dispute at his Weston, Fla., home, police told the Associated Press.

News of the arrest was first reported by gossip website TMZ.com.

Ramirez, 39, and his wife were arguing in their bedroom when he slapped her face, causing her to hit her head on their bed’s headboard, according to a police report obtained by the AP. She told the deputy she was afraid the situation would escalate and called police.

Ramirez denied hitting his wife, according to the report, telling a deputy “he grabbed his wife by the shoulders and when he shrugged her, she hit her head.”

Ramirez’s wife, Juliana, had red swelling on her face and a small bruise on the back of her head, the police report said. Police officers who responded to the scene described her injuries as “being much more consistent with her version of events”. She did not want medical treatment.

Ramirez, who played 18 seasons in the majors before signing a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays for 2011, retired abruptly this spring after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs for the third time in his career.

Ramirez opted for retirement rather than serve a 100-game suspension for the positive drug test. He already had served a 50-game suspension in 2009 during his only full season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, which he received for testing positive for a female fertility drug that is used by steroid users to restore testosterone production to normal levels. During spring training with the Dodgers in 2009, Ramirez’s urine sample tested positive.

Ramirez, who played his high school ball for George Washington High School in Manhattan, won the 2004 and 2007 World Series with the Red Sox, winning the Series MVP in 2004.

Some argue that before he tarnished his legacy, Ramirez cemented himself as one of baseball’s best hitters of all-time batting in the middle order for the Boston Red Sox from 2001 until the middle of the 2008 season, but I’m not buying it.

He popped positive on the same 2003 test that Arod, Sammy Sosa and David Ortiz did; failed another one in 2008 and was forced to suddenly retire one week into the 2011 season due to yet another failed test for performance enhancing substances.

The guy was a dirty cheat his entire career. He quit on his teams, more than once. And now he beats his wife. The only thing he is world-class at is being a f***in’ dirtbag. End of story.

Source: New York Daily News

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