Knoblauch - named in the Mitchell Report as a player who used performance-enhancing drugs - took the anti-anxiety medication Xanax and had been drinking heavily Friday night when he hit and choked Stacey Stelmach, according to prosecutors.
Knoblauch was charged with assault of a family member. A change in Texas law that took effect Sept.1 makes it a felony to choke a family member, and the former All-Star faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, Harris County Assistant District Attorney Donna Hawkins said. An emergency protective order barring Knoblauch from contacting his wife was also issued.
Knoblauch, 41, was being held in the Harris County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
"The judge wanted him to be processed just like anybody else. We hope to get this resolved as quickly as possible," Knoblauch's attorney, Dan Cogdell, said. "It's a disagreement between he and his wife. They're going through a divorce. It's a rough time for both of them."
Cogdell did not return a call from the Daily News. The Hendricks brothers, Knoblauch's former agents, did not return an e-mail.
Chief prosecutor Kari Allen told State District Judge Hazel Jones that Knoblauch and his wife had been arguing when she tried to take away his car keys. An altercation ensued.
Knoblauch and Stelmach have a 5-year-old son, Jake, who accompanied the 1991 AL Rookie of the Year when he was deposed by congressional investigators before the Feb. 13, 2008 hearing on the Mitchell Report.
Knoblauch told the investigators that he had obtained human growth hormone from former Yankee strength and conditioning coach Brian McNamee. McNamee told former Sen. George Mitchell and his investigators that he had also provided performance-enhancing drugs to Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and other players. Clemens is currently under federal investigation for perjury.
A former Gold Glove infielder with the Twins, with whom he played seven seasons, Knoblauch finished his baseball career with the Kansas City Royals seven years ago. Knoblauch's Yankee career was highlighted by his three championship rings and his well-documented fielding hiccups that surfaced in 1999. His off-target throws to first base during the 1999 and 2000 seasons got so bad that then manager Joe Torre eventually used him in the outfield and as a designated hitter for the 2001 season. He retired after the 2002 season and returned to his native Houston.
We all knew that Chuck Knobluach could hit but couldn’t field and now he is out there CHOKING HIS COMMOM LAW WIFE!! I bet she mentioned the fact he couldn’t throw to first and he was like I WILL THROW YOU DOWN THE STAIRS BITCH.
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