Sportswriter Jonah Keri granted bail following assault charges
CTV Montreal Staff
Published Friday, July 19, 2019 11:16AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, September 6, 2019 5:22PM EDT
Well-known sportswriter Jonah Keri was granted bail Friday following an alleged assault on his wife.
Keri faces four charges: two counts of assault, one count of assault causing bodily harm and one count of uttering death threats.
He was detained Thursday after being arrested at the couple’s Montreal-area home.
Keri, 44, was handcuffed and wearing a green sweatshirt when he appeared in court Friday and was granted bail.
As part of his bail conditions he cannot be within 250 metres of his wife or child, cannot carry weapons, and was given ten days to get his possessions out of his home.
Court documents state the alleged attacks against Keri's wife took place in July 2018, May 2019, and July 2019.
His lawyer, Louis Morena, said that the couple was obviously in trouble and he attempted 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," Morena told reporters.
His next court date is Nov. 10, 2019.
Five years ago Keri wrote a book about the history of the Montreal Expos baseball team. He frequently writes for The Athletic, but that publication suspended Keri after learning of the charges.