As of Wednesday, January 2, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE — The wife of former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones has filed for divorce, about a week after Gwinnett police were called to a domestic dispute at the couple’s Duluth home.
Gwinnett County court records show Nicole Jones filed for divorce from Andruw — who spent the 1996 through 2007 seasons as the Braves’ centerfielder — on Monday. The superior court complaint also included a mutual restraining order and an order for a parenting seminar.
The action comes after Andruw Jones was arrested Christmas Day on a battery charge.
According to a report from that incident, Jones, 35, drank excessively during a Christmas Eve party at his family’s home in Sugarloaf Country Club. While assembling gifts later that night, he allegedly grabbed his wife and dragged her across the floor of the home’s garage.
Arrest warrants allege Jones “placed his hands around his wife’s neck, causing visible injuries.” He was arrested before being released on bond at about 11 a.m. Christmas Day.
Jones was a five-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner with Atlanta, a career launched into stardom with a pair of home runs he hit during the 1996 World Series at the age of 19. He became an object of alternate joy and disdain for Braves fans as his Atlanta tenure ended, battling dwindling batting averages and increasing strikeout totals.
Jones spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons as a backup outfielder for the New York Yankees before recently signing a one-year contract with a Japan’s Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.