Former New York Mets pitcher Kris Benson was hanging out at his home and minding his own business in the middle of the night this past weekend when his estranged wife Anna allegedly charged through the door brandishing a firearm and sporting a bulletproof vest, a knife and a loaded ammo belt. In the ensuing chaos, Anna allegedly demanded $30,000 and Kris slipped out the back door and ran into the woods. When authorities showed up a short time later, they allegedly found Anna casually hanging out on the back porch.
According to TMZ, Anna, a former model and former star of the show Baseball Wives, told police officers she got to thinking about issues she and Kris were having and decided to come over in the middle of the night to talk about them. During the confrontation, she smashed Kris’ computer in with a baton, but she reportedly told officers she never actually pulled out the gun or tried to physically hurt her former partner. Nonetheless, she was still arrested for felony assault, criminal trespassing and possession of a firearm during a crime.
Throughout Kris’ professional baseball career, Anna attracted more than her share of attention. She publically admitted to having sex with her husband in the parking lot of Three Rivers Stadium. She told Howard Stern she would bang every single player, coach and front office member in the Mets organization if her husband ever cheated on her and she showed up to that same team’s Christmas party in a Mrs. Santa Suit that was, by all accounts, pretty racy. Apart from a few flirtations with splitting, however, the Benson’s chugged ahead, at least until rumors of an affair led to divorce filings last year.
Following a stellar college career at Clemson, Kris was the first pack in the 1996 Major League Baseball draft. At the time, scouts forecasted him to be one of the premiere pitchers in baseball once his body matured, but he never really delivered on that promise, thanks in part to plenty of arm problems. He was traded from the Pirates in 2004 and spent only two seasons with the Mets, some say because the team had grown tired of Anna. Counting brief appearances with the Orioles, Rangers and Diamondbacks, he won 70 games and lost 75 during the entirety of his career.
At this point, it’s unclear whether Anna will choose to fight the charges against her or try and work out a plea agreement in order to potentially minimize the repercussions from her actions. Some of that may depend on Kris who will likely advise the state on whether or not he wants this alleged crime prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, or if he’d rather move on with his life.
We’ll keep you updated. Until then, remember, baseball is capable of offering more scandals than just those that involve steroids.