Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox and his wife are contradic
ATLANTA (AP) _ Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox and his wife are contradicting statements in a police report that he hit her in the face during a domestic dispute at their home.
``There was no hitting of any sort,″ Cox said during a news conference with his wife, Pamela, on Monday.
``There has been no violence in our marriage,″ said Cox, who was jailed briefly Sunday night before posting a $1,000 bond.
He is scheduled to appear before a county magistrate on May 26 to answer a charge of simple battery filed by the Cobb County Police Department, accusing the manager of punching his wife and pulling her hair.
Mrs. Cox filed no charges.
``I never signed a warrant or anything,″ she said, replying, ``No, no,″ when asked if Cox hit her.
``She didn’t hit me and I didn’t hit her,″ Cox said.
Cox met with his team before a 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night to tell them ``exactly how things materialized.″ He sat in the dugout throughout the game and never made an appearance on the field.
General manager John Schuerholz said there was never any discussion whether Cox would manage Monday night’s game. He said both parties told him Cox didn’t hit his wife.
``It’s a matter I don’t want to talk about,″ starting pitcher Tom Glavine said. ``It’s between Bobby and his wife. I hope they work it out and that it doesn’t happen any more.″
``We’re behind him 100 percent,″ pitcher Steve Bedrosian said.
``He’s the kind of man who’s going to tell his players what happened and you respect him for that,″ pitcher Kent Mercker said.
The police report said he was intoxicated, but Pamela Cox said Monday alcohol was not a factor in the argument.
The police report said Pamela Cox called officers and met them at the door. She told officers her husband and some guests were drinking when Cox spilled a drink on the carpet and she made a comment about it. After the guests left, he hit her in the face with his fist and pulled her hair, the report said.
``When they left we got into an argument and basically that was it,″ Cox said. ``I grabbed her forehead and her hair a little bit just to keep her a distance away from me and we were both going at it pretty good.″
He also called her a ``bitch,″ Pamela Cox told police.
``(Pamela Cox) stated that this has occurred many times before, but (she) never called the police because of possible media attention″ and the effect on their children, the report said.
At the news conference, Mrs. Cox said she called police and asked them to take Cox from the house. She said she didn’t discuss past history and asked the officers to let Cox go downstairs and go to bed.
``I do wish I handled it in another way,″ she said.
``I’ve been upset with a lot of people that exaggerate about people who are in the limelight,″ she said. ``It doesn’t just happen to us. It happens to everyone.″
The police report said Cox admitted pulling his wife’s hair and calling her a name, but denied hitting her. The report said he also claimed ``that she also has been violent in the past, and that he hit her in reflex to her assault on him.″
The police report said Cox admitted pulling his wife’s hair and calling her a name but denied hitting her. The report said he also claimed ``that she also has been violent in the past, and that he hit her in reflex to her assault on him.″
Asked about that account at the news conference, Cox said: ``About the second year we were married ... Pam slapped me and I slapped her back and that was it. There’s been nothing else since then and wasn’t last night.″
Col. J.D. Arrowood, commander of the Cobb County police uniform division, defended the officers who made the arrest, officer G.A. Padilla and Sgt. D.S. Casey.
``I have no reason to believe these officers were not accurate,″ Arrowood said Monday. ``They took the correct action.″
Team president Stan Kasten was asked if the team offered to put Cox through counseling.
``Even if we have, we wouldn’t tell you,″ he said. ``We would keep it private.″