Ex-Braves player Jones accused of dragging wife

The wife of former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones accused him

of dragging her down a staircase, grabbing her neck and saying

wanted to kill her, according to police records.

A police report obtained by The Associated Press said the fight

happened around 1:30 a.m. on Christmas Day, after Nicole Jones

asked her husband to help her prepare their suburban Atlanta home

for Christmas morning.

Andruw Jones was free on bond after his arrest on a battery

charge, according to Gwinnett County Jail records. It wasn’t known

Wednesday whether he has an attorney.

Nicole Jones told officers that she tried to escape upstairs,

but her husband grabbed her by the ankle and dragged her down some

stairs, got on top of her and said, ”I want to kill you,”

according to the report.

”Due to Andruw’s level of intoxication, Nicole said that she

was able to push him back and move away from him,” the report

states. Nicole Jones then went to her parents’ house.

Police said they found injuries on her neck, which they

photographed for evidence.

When officers arrived at the Jones residence in the Sugarloaf

Country Club in Duluth, they said he appeared confused about what

had happened.

”We entered into the bedroom and announced `Gwinnett County

police,”’ an officer wrote in the report.

”Andruw did not respond and it appeared as though he was passed

out in his clothes,” the officer wrote. ”I touched Andruw on the

arm and said `Gwinnett County police, Andruw, we need to speak with

you.’ Andruw woke up and appeared dazed. He appeared heavily

intoxicated and confused about why officers were standing in his