Sign up for the Dr. Phil Newsletter
Twitter Facebook YouTube

2014 Shows

On the night of July 7, 2013, Anna Benson, former star of the reality TV show Baseball Wives and known as “baseball’s hottest and most-infamous wife,” showed up at the home of her estranged husband, former New York Mets pitcher Kris Benson, armed with an expandable baton, a gun, a knife and a hatchet -- and wearing a bulletproof vest and an ammo belt. According to police reports, Kris said Anna -- with whom he was going through a contentious divorce -- pulled a gun on him, smashed his computer and demanded he give her $30,000. In a Dr. Phil exclusive, Anna speaks out for the first time about that night. How does she explain her actions? Anna, who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and a firearm charge, is adamant that she never planned to hurt Kris -- so why does she say she was she so heavily armed? Then, Dr. Phil confronts Anna about her troubled past. How does she explain a previous murder charge and reported drug use? Plus, what does the future hold for Anna? (OAD: 11-27-13)

Find out what happened on the show.
Replied By: alwaysaskeptic on Aug 22, 2014, 4:16PM - In reply to loyalalways
I'm SURE that in the history of the world, there has been more than one divorce that could be blamed solely on one of the spouses.
Replied By: loyalalways on Aug 17, 2014, 9:02AM - In reply to tyler1
There is NO way that this athlete is completely innocent of everything . When a mariage breaks up, it is NEVER only one person's fault. They BOTH contribute to the problems.  Most men are good, loving people. However, there are those men who think that because someone has given an opinion that is critical of another man that these people are attacking them personally. It's OK for them to criticize women, but women had better not criticize men. NOBODY knows exactly what went on behind closed doors in their marriage, so it's unfair to just blame one person, especially when that person obviously has mental health issues. She's obviously a very troubled, mixed up, very unhappy woman. Hopefully, the people at the centre where Dr. Phil has sent her will help her get  her life back together again. Thank God that someone is finally willing to support her and help her.
Replied By: loyalalways on Aug 17, 2014, 8:40AM - In reply to lindah1524
Exactly!! Some people here automatiically assume that he's innocent of everything. I'm not saying he's evil because I don't know him. However, he DID have a part in this problem. When there's a problem in a marriage, NEVER is it only one person's fault. Dr. Phil has had a few ex-wives of sports figures on his show who claimed almost the exact same thing as Anna. Criticizing someone who is obviously mentally ill is VERY unfair. The same thing could happen to anyone one day and, if it happens to them, these critics will see how it feels to be criticized for something in which you have no control. I agree that she shouldh't have gone to his house with all those weapons. That wasn't very smart. However, her mind is NOT working rationally due to her mental health issues. She  needs HELP, not criticizm.
Replied By: loyalalways on Aug 17, 2014, 8:18AM - In reply to ohgrowup
You don't know her, either. For  you to criticize someone when you know nothing about them is judgmentgal, IMO. That's the problem with people today, they look for the negatgive in others instead of the positive or find out WHY the person is doing strange things. She has a lot of problems. How does criticizing someone help them??? Do you criticize all of your friends and family  members who are sick? You're the one who needs to get a grip. Have some compasson for someone who's obviously hurting very deeply.
Replied By: loyalalways on Aug 17, 2014, 8:00AM - In reply to raycid74
No, she doesn't. You don't put people with mental health issues in prison. She's where she belongs right now - in a facility to HELP HER with her mental health issues.
Replied By: upsydasy on Aug 16, 2014, 9:47AM - In reply to alwaysaskeptic
It perpetuates the Cinderella myth that implies a handsome prince will swoop down from his castle and save a lucky and entitled few from having to engage in life in the same way the rest of the populace does.   But if the marriage fails, this prince still owes them a living in whatever way they see fit, because he has the funds to provide for whatever lamebrain scheme they can come up with, such as designer SWAT gear.  (I mean what’s next?  Bedazzled AK47’s?)  The ex-husband is treated as a sort of bottomless pit of easy cash or a hemorrhaging ATM machine. These women, along with their rose-seeing admirers and defenders here, really need a course in finance 101.  Unfortunately, since they never had a lot of money of their own they have no concept of what it truly means.  For instance a cash advance of $30,000 would actually cost double to withdraw in my neck of the woods, not to mention a fee going to whatever financial institution is holding the funds for liquidating the assets. An advance by its very definition means that she is asking for a loan and consequently not entitled to that money yet (I don’t know if I said that already, but it bears repeating).  It also proves that she has failed to budget what she had already received.  No bank in their right mind would lend money to a customer who consistantly fails to show their ability to manage it and pay it back.  I don’t know about you, but I could blow 30,000 bucks in a matter of days if I had it and I suspect that’s what this silly and disturbed woman intended to do knowing full well that she could always come back for more.  I’m sure her ex knew it too.  He was lucky to get out of that house alive and uninjured because there’s no doubt in my mind that she was out for blood that day if he didn’t give into her demands and not just her so-called pretend mail.

Replied By: alwaysaskeptic on Aug 15, 2014, 8:27PM - In reply to cupid2011
He had her sign a pre-nup for the same reasons others do, to protect the assets they have. Why should marriage (and then divorce) be a lottery windfall for a former spouse?
Replied By: alwaysaskeptic on Aug 15, 2014, 8:09PM - In reply to tyler1
I admit it...we men do nothing all day but be devious. Except for the time we spend thinking about sex. Wait, how many hours are there in a day, anyway?
Replied By: alwaysaskeptic on Aug 15, 2014, 8:04PM - In reply to upsydasy
A voice in the wilderness! uspydasy, thanks for another of your rational, intelligent posts. It's such a relief to hear something different than all the bleating that poor Anna was nothing but a victim while her ex was nothing but a manipulative monster. I agree that this armed assault wasn't the very first violent behaviour on her part. I don't know why there is this pack of female posters who invent all sorts of history and "her ex most likely did blah- blah" in order to bolster their viewpoint that men are always abusive monsters while the women are blameless, angelic Polly Purehearts. This kind of misguided self righteous hatred of men isn't healthy for either gender.
Replied By: alwaysaskeptic on Aug 15, 2014, 7:48PM - In reply to cupid2011
Come on, it's only baseball! Haven't you ever seen a bench-clearing "brawl" during a baseball game? I've seen tougher fights on Dance Moms!
Showing 1-10 of total 211 Comments