Jonah Keri, a baseball writer in Montreal, was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife multiple times over the course of one year.
Keri was charged with two counts of assault and one count each of assault causing bodily harm and uttering death threats. Keri was arrested at the Montreal home where he lives with his wife and detained Thursday. The 44-year-old writer appeared in court in handcuffs Friday, according to CTV News.
He was granted bail, but as a condition of his bond he is required to stay at least 250 meters away from his wife and child and he cannot possess any weapons. He has 10 days to remove his belongings from his home.
Police allege he attacked his wife in July 2018, May 2019 and July 2019. The couple was married July 2018, according to Deadspin.
His attorney, Louis Morena, told CTV News the couple’s marriage had been in jeopardy and his client became emotional. He said a person can make death threats “in a moment of anger” and when “you’re seeing your family go down the drain.”
Keri previously wrote for The Athletic, but was suspended. The company said in a statement they were suspending Keri “pending further information”, citing “zero-tolerance for violence of any kind.”
He became a New York Times Bestseller with “The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First” about the Tampa Bay Rays. He also wrote a book published in 2015 about the history of the Montreal Expos baseball team, called “Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos.”
Jonah Keri also had a CBS Sports podcast, which included interviews with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal.
His LinkedIn page indicates he previously worked for companies including ESPN, Playboy, Sports Illustrated and CBS. The page says he studied journalism at Concordia University and graduated in 1997.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Jonah Keri Was Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting His Wife Multiple Times & Threatening To Kill Her
Jonah Keri allegedly assaulted and threatened his wife multiple times, court documents indicate. The alleged abuse began July 2018. Deadline reported that’s when the couple got married. Her name was redacted from court documents.
In July 2018, police allege he assaulted her, causing injury, in Montreal. Police wrote he threatened to harm her and assaulted her in May 2019. Police allege he assaulted her again July 17, 2019.
He was charged with two counts of assault and one count each of assault causing bodily harm and uttering death threats. He was arrested at his home following the final incident of alleged abuse.
Keri was granted bail, but a judge ordered he may not go within 250 meters of his wife or child. He is not allowed to possess a weapon, and he must remove his belongings from the couple’s Montreal home within 10 days, CTV News reported.
2. Jonah Keri Was Suspended From The Athletic
Jonah Keri was suspended from The Athletic, where he worked as a sports writer and podcast host. The Athletic said they have a “zero tolerance for violence” in a statement.
“The Athletic has a zero-tolerance policy for violence of any kind,” the statement said. “We have suspended Jonah Keri pending further information.”
Draft Kings also ended their relationship with Keri pending the investigation, according to Deadspin. He was a freelance contributor for Draft Kings.
“Jonah Keri is a freelance contributor for DraftKings. We have suspended that relationship, pending results of the investigation,” the company said in a statement.
3. Jonah Keri’s Attorney Defended His Actions Saying ‘Death Threats Are Sometimes Said In A Moment Of Anger’
Jonah Keri’s attorney, Louis Morena, defended his client’s alleged actions. He told CTV News the couple was headed for divorce.
Morena said the strain of a divorce can cause someone to say things in the heat of the moment, attempting to downplay the charges.
“Death threats are sometimes said in a moment of anger especially when there’s an emotional situation of divorce and you’re seeing your family go down the drain,” he said.
Keri’s next scheduled court appearance is November 10, 2019.
4. Jonah Keri’s Twitter & Website Deleted
He used the Facebook page to promote his work with CBS Sports. He recorded podcasts and worked as a writer for the company, which lists him as a senior writer on its website. The most recent listed article was published February 14, 2019.
His LinkedIn page indicated he previously worked for CBS, Sports Illustrated, Nerdist Industries, Grantland, ESPN, Playboy and Baseball Prospectus.
Keri earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Concordia University.
Keri Was A Bestselling Author, Podcaster & Sports Writer
Jonah Keri was a New York Times Bestseller for his book on the Tampa Bay Rays, published in 2011, “The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First.”
“For 10 years, the team known as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays had plumbed the depths of Major League Baseball, averaging 97 losses a season,” he wrote in the prologue. “The finished last 9 out of 10 times. When they finished fourth in 2004 with a 70-91 record — the only time they’d reached 70 wins — it was viewed as a moral victory.”
Keri also wrote a book on the history of the Montreal Expos baseball team, published in 2015. It was called “Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos.”
He interviewed well-known figures including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal on his podcasts for CBS Sports and for The Athletic.