MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- New York Giants defensive end
Michael Strahan filed for divorce from his wife of almost six years Monday,
the same day a judge issued a restraining order against her, a
spokesman for Strahan said.
Superior Court Judge Thomas P. Zampino ordered Jean M. Strahan
to deposit into escrow more than $3 million she had removed from
the couple's joint bank account last week and deposited into her
own account, said Ernie Landante, who works for a public relations
agency hired by the 12-year veteran.
On Thursday, Strahan was served with a temporary restraining
order telling him to keep away from his wife. Landante said the
five-time Pro Bowler and his wife had a verbal argument, and she
filed a complaint of harassment against him with the Montclair
police Thursday night. About two hours later, Strahan turned
himself in and was released on his own recognizance.
Strahan, 33, informed the Giants about the order Friday morning,
said team spokesman Pat Hanlon. Hanlon said the team was treating
the incident as a private matter for Strahan's family and referred
inquiries to Strahan's attorney.
"Michael remains confident that when all the facts are aired,
it will become apparent that these allegations are bogus and
without foundation and are designed to benefit Mrs. Strahan's
position in their impending divorce," said Robert Penza, a lawyer
The Giants' formal offseason program begins March 21, and
Strahan will be participating, Hanlon said.
The Strahans married in July 1999 and have been active with many
charitable groups. After renovating a turn-of-the-century mansion
in 2003, they opened it up to the Junior League of Montclair-Newark
for a month for a charity house tour that raised $300,000 for
low-income family housing.
In 2001, Strahan filmed a public service announcement for PETA
about keeping pets indoors during the winter.
The couple has two children, twin girls born in October.