Jennifer Freeman and Earl Watson

*Veteran NBA player Earl Watson has filed for divorce from his wife Jennifer Freeman — claiming the actress (“My Wife and Kids”) attacked him in a late night rage … and savagely bit him on the chest until he bled, according to TMZ.

In legal papers filed last week in L.A. County Superior Court, Watson claims things got bad on August 1st … when Jennifer received a suspicious text message at 11PM and Earl decided to check her phone.

Watson — who played with the Indiana Pacers last season — claims his wife was furious that he took the phone and reacted by hitting him “forcefully twice in the face with her right open hand.”

Watson claims Jennifer then “grabbed my right wrist and bit … breaking the skin, leaving teeth marks and drawing blood.”  Once she let go of the wrist, Watson claims she then chomped down on his chest … again drawing blood.

Earl claims Jennifer then tried to attack him with an iron — but he was able to knock it out of her hand.

Now, Earl wants a divorce ASAP — along with full custody of their 10-month-old daughter.