The wife of former Baltimore Raven Michael C. McCrary was granted a temporary protective order Monday against the retired defensive end.
A Baltimore County District Court judge accepted Mary Haley McCrary's position that her husband had threatened her and the couple's nanny who cares for their young daughter. Since it was an ex-parte hearing -- meaning that just one side can argue the case without the defendant being present -- Michael McCrary did not appear in court Monday, but will have an opportunity to do so at a hearing next week.
Judge Jan Marshall Alexander ordered that the former football player stay away from the couple's home in Timonium, as well as a house in Vienna, Va., where the woman and her daughter have stayed on occasion since last Thanksgiving. Alexander conceded that the woman, her daughter and the nanny had been "placed in fear" by McCrary's behavior, which his wife said included brandishing a pistol during an argument, tossing a 45-pound metal kitchen stool at her and threatening to "ruin" her in a series of encounters dating to 2008.
"I don't want him near me," she told the judge. "I don't want him near my daughter."
Bonnie Butler, an attorney representing Michael McCrary, said by phone later Monday that her client "vehemently denies anything that would cause [his wife] to fear for her safety, for her child's safety or any third party."
Butler, who is representing the former player in the couple's divorce, said her client "has been amicably attempting to resolve this matter."
In a handwritten statement that was part of a protective order petition filed and granted late Friday in Baltimore County District Court, Mary McCrary, 40, said her husband was "an 11-year veteran of the NFL and is volatile and violent. I fear for my life."
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." 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, McCrary 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 Baltimore 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, Michael McCrary is ordered to not abuse, threaten, contact or attempt to contact his wife.