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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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If her phone went off at 11 oclk at night or any other time for that matter, he as her husband had a right to look at it. Her reacting the way she did shows she might of had something to hide.

1532 days ago

Sylvia Rush    

For comment #1, why is it HARD for you to beleive to SHE attacked him! It happens, and she will do it again! She is insecure! He should divorice her ASAP! Cause it will happen again!

1532 days ago


Domestic violence is wrong and if she beat him she should be punished to the full extent of the law....and thats no way to raise a child...you do the baby no favours to stay with a violent spouse. I have never heard of a man faking being the victim of domestic violence...the fact that the majority of men who are victims are too ashamed to come forward means it goes under reported. Its not ok and police should go ahead and pursue charges if evidence warrants them...weather he wants it or not.

1532 days ago


Domestic violence is never ok. She should be in jail. Earl did the right thing by not hitting her back but by calling the police.If he had hit her he would be the most horrible guy in the world. Society would never let him live it down. Jennifer ,get control of your temper and I hope she doesn't display the kind of behavior in front of the child.And yes,I am a woman commenting. The best revenge is moving on and living well.

1532 days ago


They won't last long! They are already fighting like this after a year. It's still supposed to be honeymoon period!!!

1532 days ago


i bet marques houston is glad he got outta that.lol

1532 days ago


YOU DUMMYS he knocked some chick up hes been cheating on and off for a while

1532 days ago


This is totally typical.
Staying with one's abuser is SOP, and not a surprise.
I was married for three years to a woman who routinely beat me and nobody ever believed it.

1532 days ago

Troy Miller    

This is her step father I called and txt her to make sure she was ok after they got into an arguement when I was there.

1532 days ago


There's always 3 sides to a story, his, hers and the truth. Isn't it funny how he just gave her his hand to bite. come on, who stands up and takes that without reacting. There's more here.

1531 days ago

Kevin Martin    

Obviously Jennifer you have not read Peter 1 in the bible. Also sister Jennifer. The brother is providing for you and your family despite you having your own. He is still being a man about the situation. Earl you done the right thing by reporting it to the law enforcment. With that said Earl you continue to maintain your manhood. I have you both in my prayer. GOD Bless you both.

1531 days ago


Hey Anna- aka Jen's Mom/mananger "momanger" or friend... don't blame Earl for Jennifer's bite fest! Where was the 10 month old child when this happened? How many issues of violence has she been involved in the past? I hear more than a few, some of which involve other instances of biting and her jumping out of windows etc.
A man does this to a woman, he is BEHIND bars, case closed! She "accidentally" gets pregnant, cough cough, then he wants to look in her phone and she FLIPS?? hmmmmmmm, wonder whats in that phone?? Earl, move on, these has been LA actresses who have been engaged and dated everyone are a dime a dozen! NXT!

1531 days ago


Where are HIS pics TMZ???

1531 days ago

Reppn the Fam in KS    

You all would probably choose different words, show some level of empathy, or shed a different light on this story if it involved your family. Earl is 31 and Jennifer is only 24 with a HUSBAND and a CHILD. She is still very young. People make hasty decisions which can lead to shameful mistakes, couples have problems whether they involve violence or not. Being married with children isn't easy either. With that being said, none of your opinions would be heard if Earl and Jennifer were just two normal people in a relationship, trying to find their way as adults, a couple, and a family...as we (FAMILY) sees them. Luckily they do have REAL families back home who care for and support them (specifically Earl).

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