Former Atlanta Braves centerfielder Otis Nixon was charged with aggravated assault Thursday after being accused of pulling a knife on his bodyguard at a Norcross motel, police said.
Gwinnett County Police responded to a report about a fight at the motel early Thursday morning and were told that Nixon, 44, had argued with Kevin Brown and threatened to cut your heart out, police Cpl. Dan Huggins said.
According to Brown and to witnesses, they got into a verbal altercation and Nixon pulled a knife and threatened Mr. Brown with the knife, Huggins said.
He said Brown was not cut.
Nixon was taken to the Gwinnett County Jail, and was released later on $3,350 bond.
Nixon stole 620 bases, 17th on the all-time list, in a 17-year major league career with nine teams from 1983 through 1999. He played for the Braves from 1991 through 1993 and again in 99. He holds the Braves single-season record for stolen bases with 72 in 1991.