Strahan, wife married for six years

Updated: March 14, 2005, 8:42 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

Michael Strahan

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 representing Strahan.

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.

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