jerkPhillies’ pitcher Brett Myers is charged with hitting his wife on a crowded Boston street. But his wife now says she wants the charges dropped.

From the AP:

The wife of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Brett Myers does not want her husband prosecuted for allegedly hitting her face on a street near Fenway Park, but authorities are not prepared to drop the case.

Myers appeared in Boston Municipal Court on Thursday for a pretrial hearing. Authorities say he was arguing with his wife, Kim, shortly after midnight June 23 when he struck her. One witness also told investigators he pulled her hair.

Police responded to a 911 call and found her crying and with a swollen face, prosecutors said. Officers found Myers nearby and arrested him. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound pitcher was booked by police, and his wife posted his $200 bail.

Assistant District Attorney Susan Terrey said authorities want Myers to plead guilty to assault, serve two years of probation, enter a program for spousal abusers and undergo alcohol abuse evaluation.

I’m not sure what Kim Myers is thinking. Maybe she just wants to spare her husband any more bad press. But probation, AA and counceling isn’t exactly the toughest penalty in the world and I’ve gotta think Brett could benefit from a little professional help.

Myers should take his medicine and be greatful his punishment doesn’t include jail time. He’s lucky that she didn’t leave him and go on Oprah! Or, god forbid, he could have gotten the same punishment doled out to ESPN columnist Gene Wojciechowski when he forgot his wedding anniversary. Poor guy.

UPDATE: The judge dismissed the charges.

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