Wife of ex-Raven Michael McCrary seeks protective order

Mary McCrary says husband is violent and carries gun, and she fears for her life

March 06, 2010|By Baltimore Sun staff

The wife of former Baltimore Raven Michael C. McCrary is seeking a protective order against the retired defensive end, claiming her husband brandished a handgun during an argument, tossed a 45-pound metal kitchen stool at her and threatened to "ruin" her in a series of encounters dating to 2008.

"He's an 11 year veteran of the NFL and is volatile and violent," Mary Haley McCrary, 40, said in a hand-written statement that was part of a protective order petition filed late Friday in Baltimore County District Court and obtained by the Baltimore Sun. "I fear for my life."

Mary McCrary was granted an interim protective order, and the McCrarys are scheduled to appear in court Monday morning for a hearing on a temporary protective order.

The couple is in the midst of divorce proceedings, which involve custody of their six-year-old daughter, Kohanna. According to documents, he moved out of the family's Timonium home last August and is living at the Silo Point development on the Baltimore waterfront.

Michael McCrary said in an email to the Baltimore Sun that he was "baffled and disappointed by these baseless claims. This is not the Mary I know and love." Mary McCrary did not respond to a message left Saturday.

A former Pro Bowler and member of the Raven's Ring of Honor, Michael McCrary has been beset by physical and financial problems since retiring from football in August 2003.

Suffering from painful knee injuries, he has taken Percocet, Percodan, OxyContin and other drugs, as well as methadone, according to a 2007 Baltimore Sun profile that addressed his chronic pain and depression.

In her court application, Mary McCrary said her husband "failed drug rehab" and suffers from "depression and anxiety," and is prone to violence.

Michael McCrary has also been in court for a number of business disputes.

According to court records and a report in the Baltimore Business Journal, he sued business partner Edward V. Giannasca to recover investments made in a New Orleans condominium project. Michael McCrary accused of Giannasca and another man of defrauding him by concealing $12 million in insurance payments for hurricane-related damage to the New Orleans office tower they had planned to develop.

Court records indicate he was awarded at least $29 million in July 2008.

But since then, he has faced a number of lawsuits himself. He was ordered to pay $861,250 to PNC Bank in November 2008, and in July 2009 was ordered to pay $615,668 to United Bank, Inc. Records indicate the suits were tied to real estate projects in West Virginia and Arizona and that his wages were being garnished to collect payments.

The garnishees include the Ravens, McCrary Development LLC, McCrary Concrete LLC, All Star Consulting LLC. Most recently, in August 2009, records indicate he was also ordered to pay $1.8 million to Severn Savings Bank.

The interim protective order granted Friday has a note of caution that Michael McCrary has access to a .38-caliber handgun. In her written petition, Mary McCrary said her husband carries the weapon in "in his door of his BMW which the nanny and I both drive."

In the interim order signed by Baltimore County court commissioner Jennifer M. Hughes, which is valid through Tuesday, Michael McCrary is ordered to not abuse, threaten, contact or attempt to contact his wife.

Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this article.

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