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Former Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carl Crawford arrested for domestic violence

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Former Tampa Bay Rays outfielder, Carl Crawford, has been arrested after being accused of assaulting an ex-girlfriend Gabriele Washington at her home on May 8th, in front of their one-year-old child.

According to the affidavit, which was filed on June 3rd, Crawford went to the home of Ms. Washington and produced a handgun from which he unloaded the ammunition in her presence, then demanded information on her dating relationship.

Washington told investigators that Crawford pushed her to the floor, slammed her head against a wall, and choked her.

Crawford fled the scene after their one-year-old daughter distracted him, allowing Washington to phone for help. After fleeing, Crawford reportedly sent Ms. Washington threatening text messages.

The former outfielder is currently free on a $50,000 bond.

A few weeks ago, Crawford was also in the headlines after two people, a five-year-old child and a 24-year-old woman, drowned during a pool party at his Houston home.

Crawford made his big league debut with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2002 and remained with the team nine years before signing with the Boston Red Sox in 2010. Injuries plagued his tenure with both Boston and the Los Angeles Dodgers before he was released in 2016.

The Tampa Bay Rays have not released a statement.

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