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Milton Bradley facing 13 years in prison after spousal abuse charges are filed

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Given a choice, Milton Bradley probably would prefer the days when we wrote stories about him raging at umpires or reporters. Bradley's alleged rage at his wife might have much more serious implications on his life.

Bradleyfaces serious prison time — up to 13 years — after city prosecutors in Los Angeles charged him with 13 misdemeanor counts Friday, including assault with a deadly weapon. All of the charges relate to his wife's accusations of spousal abuse.

From the Associated Press:

Bradley's attorney, Harland Braun, says his client denies the charges and contends that his wife made up the allegations.

The couple, who have two children, are separated and in the middle of a contentious divorce.

So that's Milton's side. TMZ has a few more details on the accusations. If they're true, Bradley has acted despicably to say the least:

The charges break down like this: 4 counts of spousal battery, 4 counts of criminal threats, 2 counts of assault with a deadly weapon, 2 counts of vandalism and 1 count of dissuading a witness from making a report.

As TMZ first reported, Milton's wife Monique filed a domestic violence report with the LAPD back in November 2012 ... claiming he tried to choke her, with two hands, when she asked him to stop smoking marijuana in front of their kids.

Bradley was arrested in August 2011 for allegedly attacking Monique with a bat, and in March 2012 he allegedly threatened her with a knife and said, "You’ll be dead b-tch before you divorce me."

Bradley, 34, hasn't played baseball since the Seattle Mariners let him go in 2011, but his skills clearly have been eroding since 2008. This story, no matter how it plays out, probably seals his career fate (if it wasn't already sealed before).

Bradley often behaves as if the world has been out to get him. But a lot of people could say the same thing, yet they haven't acted out with such antisocial behavior. It all can't be someone else's fault. That just won't fly, no matter how wronged you have been. If Bradley ever tried to get the mental and psychological help he apparently needed, it didn't seem to stick. It's an unfortunate situation, all the way around.

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