According to a report by the Associated Press, Wladimir Balentien was arrested on domestic violence charges. He is facing a felony false imprisonment charge and a misdemeanor battery charge after a confrontation with his wife. The two are currently going through a divorce.
A snip from the AP report:
According to a police affidavit, Karla Balentien refused to answer the door or her phone when Wladimir Balentien arrived at the house Sunday. Wladimir Balentien then pulled out several window screens and climbed into the house through a dining room window.
Balentien grabbed his wife's arm as she was running upstairs, police said, and then followed her into a bedroom and locked the door. The couple's young daughter was also there.
The Yakult Swallows held a press conference at the team offices this morning. Owner Tsuyoshi Kinugasa apologized for the disruption and said that they were still in the process of confirming the facts.
"I apologize for the distraction. The organization is concerned. What the [Japanese] media knows of the case is exactly the same as what we know. Preparations are being made for him to meet with a lawyer. We will speak to the media again once we have enough information."
When asked about Balentien's contract, Kinugasa said, "We will probably think about [the contract] once we have chance to meet with him directly [in the United States] to confirm facts."
Manager Junji Ogawa dropped by the offices in the morning and told reporters he was still unable to provide a comment.
On a side note, Tokyo Sports mentions that there have been rumblings of possible domestic problems. Gossip magazine FLASH published an article last September that contained information from a Japanese woman that allegedly had an affair with Balentien that lasted over three years.
Source: Tokyo Sports 1/14/2014
[UPDATE 1/15 @ 12:06am]
KIRIN Brewery Company pulled a commercial that featured Balentien on Tuesday. The ad campaigned was set to run through to the 17th.
The Swallows held a second press conference on Tuesday and informed the media of additional they were able to obtain from Balentien's agent.
"Balentien went to see his wife and they were talking outside when he suggested they move the conversation inside because people might be watching. He apparently told his lawyer that he forced his wife into the house after she resisted, perhaps because she wanted to stay outside, and that may have been the start," Kinugasa explained. He also said Balentien's lawyer applied for bail.
With regards to Balentien's contract, Kinugasa said, "The organization has not yet reached that stage. We still want more information."
Source: Daily Sports 1/14/2014