Reds Jung arrested on domestic battery abuse charge

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 3, 2005

The Associated Press

BRADENTON, Fla. - Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jung Keun Bong was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery after a fight with his wife, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Bong, 24, who's been on a rehab assignment with the Single-A Sarasota Reds, was arrested Friday night at a hotel after deputies showed up in response to a scream coming from his room, a sheriff's report said.

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Bong and his wife said they had been fighting, and deputies observed a red choke mark on his wife's neck, the report said. Bong told deputies he grabbed his wife to calm her down, but he couldn't explain the mark on her neck.

Bong was released from jail Saturday and will appear in court later. A sheriff's spokesman didn't know Bong's court date.

The left-hander from Seoul, South Korea, had surgery on his left shoulder in September and is listed on the Reds' 60-day disabled list.

Acquired by the Reds in a trade with Atlanta in 2004, Bong has a career record of 7-4 with a 5.71 ERA, according to the team's Web site.

A message was left at the hotel seeking comment from Bong. Reds spokesman Rob Butcher said the team was aware of Bong's arrest and had no comment.