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Former MLB star Manny Ramirez leaves a Broward jail after posting bond for a domestic battery charge.
Former Major League Baseball star Manny Ramirez left a Broward jail Tuesday morning after his bond was set at $2,500 during a court appearance on a domestic battery charge.
Ramirez, 39, appeared before Judge John Hurley, who also ordered the former slugger to stay away from his wife.
After posting the $2,500 bond, Ramirez left the jail, commenting mostly in Spanish.
"That's a closed case," Ramirez said in Spanish when asked about the incident. "I am the protagonist and I closed it."
"That's my problem, that's not your problem," he later said in English.
Ramirez hopped into an SUV being driven by a woman who said she was his sister.
"He's my brother and we love him no matter what," the woman said, before Ramirez grabbed two TV microphones, threw one from the car, handed over the other one, and left.
Weston Police arrested Ramirez Monday after wife Juliana Ramirez told officers that he struck her with an open hand on the couple's bed, according to a police report.
Juliana Ramirez told police the blow caused her to hit her head on the headboard of their bed and, fearing the situation would escalate, she promptly called police, the report said.
In the 911 call from the incident released by police Tuesday, Juliana Ramirez told the operator "Hi, my husband just hit me."
After being asked where, she replied, "My face, my head in the bed, I have a bump on my head."
"Are you in a room that you can stay away from him?" the operator asked.
"No, he's not doing anything more because he knows I'm calling the police," she replied.
Ramirez told officers his wife hit her head after he grabbed her by the shoulders and 'shrugged' her, the report said.
The report said red swelling was visible on the left side of Juliana Ramirez' face, and that a contusion on the back of her head was consistent with her story.
Ramirez was arrested and booked into jail.
The Dominican Republic-born outfielder began his career with the Cleveland Indians before becoming a superstar with the Boston Red Sox, where he won two World Series. He also played for the L.A. Dodgers and Chicago White Sox before finishing his career with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Ramirez retired in April after he was notified by Major League Baseball of an issue under MLB’s drug prevention and treatment program. In 2009, Ramirez was suspended 50 games by MLB for violating the league's drug policy.