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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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31.

Sam    

Yikes, hope she gets help...

1541 days ago
32.

HumanNature    

There's nothing like a "THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE!!!

1541 days ago
33.

NotJustAnotherName    

Being a white guy, this chick can bite me anywhere. Well, ALMOST anywhere, LOL

1541 days ago
34.

Heather    

Why wasn't she arrested? She's violent and needs to have jail time (which a MAN would have gotten) but of course he'll say it wasn't that bad

1541 days ago
35.

cindy    

Nearli I totally agree with you.

1541 days ago
36.

Johnny be good    

She was cheating on him and got caught... Ouch!... :(

1541 days ago
37.

Rachel    

Bitchez be crazy!!!

1541 days ago
38.

harleysmommy    

If she really did react that way then she was cheating, but did it ever occur to anyone that maybe he caught her and was so angry he made up the attack to make a better case for divorce and custody..men lie to! either way that baby deserves to be with loving stable people not liars cheaters or abusers!

1541 days ago
39.

Dianna    

u f-ing ***** u wouldn't make it in the NFL. I cannot believe that you play sports. Sounds like you need to playing with barbies girlfriend.

1541 days ago
40.

realdeal    

Bottom line if she cheated and he beat her down, he would be wrong. So its not right that she can beat and bite and not get charged or held accountable. Like women would say if she cheated he should just leave, then she should just leave. Keep your hands to yourself.

1541 days ago
41.

Shon2Fresh Viper    

His ass was suspected of cheating when they were dating he probably still is and she likely finally found evidence of it and lost it on his ass! Let him file for divorce and take his dirty ass to the cleaners!

1541 days ago
42.

BossLdyWhite    

Ummmm,If anyone read the update..WATSON is retracting the divorce papers and they are reconciling...Noone knows what really happened in that room except them.They have a 10 months old daughter.-maybe Jennifer had post partum depression...maybe he hot her and she got the best of him and his pride was hurt.Either way-it's over.

1541 days ago
43.

BallaBlocka    

The sweet, pretty, little girl that played the daughter on My Wife and Kids, is really capable of that type of violence? Really??

1541 days ago
44.

BallaBlocka    

Oh, it's the one that played the older daughter. My bad. She kinda looked like she was heading down the ho path, but damn, biting people?

1541 days ago
45.

Just sayin    

domestic violence is so biased towards women if he ever hit her back everybody would be ready to castrate him

1541 days ago
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