Nixon charged with misdemeanor sexual battery

Updated: February 22, 2004, 2:56 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Former major league outfielder Otis Nixon was arrested and charged with fondling a woman at his home.

Nixon was arrested Friday evening and charged with misdemeanor sexual battery, DeKalb County Police Lt. Myron Logan said Sunday. Nixon was later released on $1,000 bond.

The woman left a gathering at Nixon's home Friday afternoon and told police she had been inappropriately touched by Nixon, Logan said.

Nixon, 45, also was arrested Jan. 8 for allegedly threatening his bodyguard, Kevin Brown, with a knife at a hotel.

The speedy Nixon played for nine teams during a 17-year major league career from 1983-99. He stole 620 bases, 17th on the career list, and batted .270.

Nixon holds the Braves' single-season record for stolen bases with 72 in 1991.

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