The misdemeanor domestic battery charge filed against former baseball great Manny Ramirez by his wife has been dropped.
The State Attorney’s Office was reportedly unable to serve Ramirez’s wife Juliana with a subpoena and said the charge against Ramirez was dropped “because the victim was uncooperative.” Adding, “She successfully avoided being served with a state subpoena and is believed to be out of state.”
The abuse was said to have occurred make in September. Ramirez was arrested after Juliana called the police claiming that her husband slapped her and caused her to fall back and hit her head of the bed’s headboard.
When questioned by police, Ramirez said he had not slapped her and only grabbed her by the shoulders during an argument. He said that when he “shrugged her” away she then fell back and hit her head.
And the good news continues for Ramirez, as Major League Baseball has decided to let the outfielder buy his way out of suspension. Should he pay up, Ramirez may be able to join the minor league’s Oakland A’s active roster immediately.
Last season, Ramirez, who was with the Tampa Bay Rays at the time, chose to retire rather than serve a suspension for a failed drug test. Retirement not sitting well, Ramirez approached baseball officials to determine what he would have to do to return to the diamond.