Former Raven is violent, wife alleges

McCrary denies accusations in petition for protective order

March 07, 2010|By a Baltimore Sun reporter

The wife of former Baltimore Raven Michael C. McCrary is seeking a protective order against the retired defensive end, claiming that her husband brandished a pistol 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 handwritten 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 for a hearing on a temporary protective order.

The McCrarys are in the midst of divorce proceedings, which involve custody of their 6-year-old daughter, Kohanna. According to documents, he moved out of their Timonium home in August and is living at Silo Point on the Baltimore waterfront.

Michael McCrary, 39, said in an e-mail message 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.

Michael McCrary, a former Pro Bowl player who was on the team that won the Super Bowl after the 2000 season and is a member of the Ravens' Ring of Honor, has been beset by physical and financial problems since retiring from football in 2003.

He suffers from debilitating knee injuries and has taken Percocet, Percodan, OxyContin and other drugs, as well as methadone, according to a 2007 Sun profile that addressed his chronic pain and mental health problems.

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

He has been involved in 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 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 that he was awarded at least $29 million in July 2008.

Since then, he has faced a number of lawsuits. 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 and All Star Consulting LLC.

In August, he was ordered to pay $1.8 million to Severn Savings Bank.

The protective order granted Friday says Michael McCrary has access to a .38-caliber pistol. In her petition, Mary McCrary said he carries it in the "door of his BMW - which the nanny and I both drive."

In the 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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