Cops: Mets Star K-Rod Assaulted Girlfriend's Dad

He's charged with assault for clubhouse incident
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2010 6:15 PM CDT
Cops: Mets Star K-Rod Assaulted Girlfriend's Dad
New York Mets baseball pitcher Francisco Rodriguez is led into Queens Criminal Court Thursday.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

New York Mets star closer Francisco Rodriguez has been charged with assault after allegedly punching out his girlfriend's dad in, of all places, the "family room" of the team's clubhouse. Sources tell the New York Post that K-Rod (named for his strikeout prowess) roughed up 53-year-old Carlos Pena—after Pena chewed out K-Rod for speaking disrespectfully to his daughter.

It looks like Rodriguez will be suspended by the team for two games without pay, meaning he'll lose $125,000 of his $11.5 million salary. He's free on $5,000 bail and due back in court next month. Pena, visiting from Venezuela, suffered a bump on the head and a scrape on his face and was treated at a local hospital.
(Read more Francisco Rodriguez stories.)

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