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NBA Player Accuses Wife of Vicious Attack

8/11/2010 7:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

NBA veteran Earl Watson filed for divorce from his wife Jennifer Freeman -- claiming the "My Wife and Kids" actress attacked him in a late night rage ... and savagely bit him on the chest until he bled.

Earl Watson Divorce

According to legal papers filed last week in L.A. County Superior Court, Watson claims things got bad on August 1st ... when Jennifer received a suspicious text message at 11PM and Earl decided to check her phone.

Watson -- who played with the Indiana Pacers last season -- claims his wife was furious that he took the phone and reacted by hitting him "forcefully twice in the face with her right open hand."

Watson claims Jennifer then "grabbed my right wrist and bit ... breaking the skin, leaving teeth marks and drawing blood."  Once she let go of the wrist, Watson claims she then chomped down on his chest ... again drawing blood.

Earl claims Jennifer then tried to attack him with an iron -- but he was able to knock it out of her hand.

Now, Earl wants a divorce ASAP -- along with full custody of their 10-month-old daughter.

Calls to Freeman have not been returned.

UPDATE:  Now how's this for a change of heart... We just got a call from Watson's lawyer, William Briggs, who tells us his client plans to withdraw his divorce petition tomorrow and that he's reconciled with the wife who allegedly brutalized him.  Briggs tells us, "The couple has reconciled their differences and plans to make their marriage work."

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16.

Martha    

The picture you have up is not Jennifer Freeman, the picture you have is of Journee smolett.. WRONG actress TMZ... next time atleast GOOGLE pictures of Ms. Jennifer Freeman.. TISK TISK confusing the girls up! not every black light skin star looks alike.. SMFH

1512 days ago
17.

andy    

Your not supposed to marry the stunning/great looking chicks. This is what they do.

1512 days ago
18.

texasglimmer    

Unfortunately it sounds like she was cheating BUT all these unattractive ballplayers want to 'trade up' when they get to the big leagues with actresses or models light skinned and 'good hair' or white girls forgetting the chicks that helped get them to the NBA. AND after the chicks marry the ugly ball player they find them boring and stupid so they cheat. The ballers want noterity...so I guess he got it. Along with a bonafide nut job.

1512 days ago
19.

MIARI    

WOW I HEARD THE GIRL'S NAME WAS SHARON,AND SHE'S PREGNANT. HERE COMES MORE CHILD SUPPORT

1512 days ago
20.

dangerouslamb81    

is this situation a BIG surprise really? get real people! I used to get in huge fights with my hubby after a couple years because I was drunk. I'm glad that their love and commitment is strong enough that he can forgive her as i'm sure he was defending himself from her anyway..

1512 days ago
21.

blstheone    

Someone said the picture posted is not Jennifer and that it is Journee Smollet - the picture is Jennifer Freeman...........

1512 days ago
22.

janet    

Cheaper to stay married.

1512 days ago
23.

kickaboo    

Make her go to counseling, things will not change if she doesn't. The next person she might hit might be your baby, Earl. And women are abusing men, it is time they are held accountable for their actions too.

1512 days ago
24.

shelley    

Wow, these two are parents? I am embarassed for them both. They both need to grow up and realize that their kids will see everything they do, and quite possibly may emulate them. God help us all!

And to think, hubby and I are being put thru such scrutiny through this whole adoption process. These two might want to get snipped/tied so there are no more kids for them.

1512 days ago
25.

V    

JustMe:

THANK U,

I am black my husband is white. The racial stereotype is not true, believe that.

1512 days ago
26.

carlea    

What glimmers aint always gold. She's pretty, but seems lacking in grace, elegance and honesty. When will you guys learn to stop picking a woman for her looks. You need balance, some looks, some brains...and some good character!

1512 days ago
27.

anna    

Earl, after 9 months of pregnancy and then breastfeeding the baby women are chemically and hormonally unbalanced for a long time - it could be very hard on the marriage a specially if husband is busy and does not spend enough time at home.
Show her some appreciation, ask her about the baby, spend quality time with the baby. When she sees that you carry about them both and are happy being home she will be less irritable, emotional and stressful.
Never take phone from her! It looks like you have controlling issue,or you do not trust her ...or YOU have something to hide.

1512 days ago
28.

truth hurts    

So he charges her up and snatches her phone...she reacts in self defense...He's just mad that she kicked his azz.

1512 days ago
29.

anna    

#5
If she was cheating on him with a white dude with a small w-e-n-n-y, this poor guy will prabably have to retire from the NBA and seek therapy.

Posted at 5:35 PM on Aug 11, 2010 by Throwback kid

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Throwback kid

Are you suggesting that all white man have a small wenny?
As a white woman I can insure you that this is not true.
Anyway,
not all women are build exactly the same.
some of us prefer small "wenny".
... and then,
love is not only about sex, sex is not only about the size - if you do not agree it only means that you never really loved somebody.

1512 days ago
30.

TRECY    

OK, WHATEVER IS THAT WHY HE NOT FILING! YEP I DONT THINK SO,CHEAPER TO KEEP HER!

1512 days ago
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