Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Mattingly's estranged wife arrested after refusing to leave his home
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- The estranged wife of
Los Angeles Dodgers coach Don Mattingly was arrested and charged with public
intoxication and disorderly conduct after police say she refused to
leave his property in Indiana.
Police arrested 45-year-old Kim Mattingly after they were called
to the home of the former Yankee first baseman to investigate
reports of a person refusing to leave on Saturday, a probable cause
affidavit said. The affidavit, signed by a Vanderburgh County
Sheriff's Deputy Chad Howard, said she smelled of alcohol and
screamed at officers.
The couple filed for divorce in November on the grounds of
irreconcilable differences. The divorce has not been finalized, and
no further action has been taken.
Kim Mattingly was released from the Vanderburgh County Jail
after posting $50 bond shortly after her arrest and made her first
court appearance Monday on the charges. She is scheduled to appear
next on March 3.
Her lawyer, Angela Freel, did not return a telephone call
Kim Mattingly told investigators that Don Mattingly had taken
her phone and she wanted it back, the affidavit said. Police spoke
to Mattingly, who said he did not have the phone.
Police had told her not to go to the house earlier in the day,
Howard said in the affidavit.
On Monday, Don Mattingly filed for a protective order against
his wife, which the court granted. In the petition, Mattingly cited
three examples of his wife appearing at his home, including an
incident on Jan. 22 during which she tried to kick down his door.
Mattingly, who grew up and lives in Evansville, cited family
reasons when the Dodgers announced last month that he would serve
as special assignment coach for the 2008 season instead of hitting
A former AL MVP during 14 seasons with the Yankees from 1982-95,
Mattingly spent the past four seasons as a coach under Joe Torre.
After losing out to Joe Girardi for the Yankees' manager job,
Mattingly followed Torre to the Dodgers.