The complaint stemmed from a March 10 argument over money
between Strahan and his wife, Jean, at their Montclair home. Judge
Thomas Zampino ruled the argument did not involve physical
violence, but not before Jean Strahan testified about other fights.
In often tearful testimony, she described past instances in
which she claimed the defensive end physically abused her,
including several times when he choked or punched her.
Michael Strahan denied the abuse accusations. He filed for
divorce Monday. A temporary restraining order was issued against
him last Thursday after Jean Strahan filed the complaint with
Strahan left the court without speaking to reporters, but
spokesman Ernie Landante said, "The judge's ruling validates what
Michael has known and said all along: That he would never
physically or emotionally harm his loved ones."
Jean Strahan said that this month she and her husband argued
after he noticed on an online bank statement that she had
transferred nearly $1.7 million from one of their joint accounts.
Jean Strahan testified Thursday that she did so because she
thought her husband was moving money out of the accounts himself,
and because he had "cut up her credit cards."
During the confrontation at home that evening, Michael Strahan
yelled at her and told her he would make her put the money back in
the account, Jean Strahan said. But she conceded under cross
examination that her husband did not touch her during the argument.
She said he abused her physically before they were married in
July 1999, including one instance when they were visiting Strahan's
parents in Germany in 1996. She claimed he punched her in the face
and knocked her to the ground, loosening a tooth. She said no
police report was filed.
The Strahans have twin girls, born in October. The parties
agreed Michael Strahan will be allowed to visit his children on