The New York Mets closer known to fans as K-Rod was arrested yesterday for punching his father-in-law, Carlos Pena, at the lounge for players’ families at Citi Field, and today the Mets announced his slap on the wrist: a two-day suspension without pay, which means a loss of $125,683 of Francisco Rodruguez’s $11.5 million salary if the decision is not reversed, according to the Daily News.
His 53-year-old father-in-law’ was hospitalized with a scrape on his face and swelling above his right eyebrow…Both Pena and his daughter have obtained an order of protection against Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is known for his temper flares; he clashed with Mets bullpen coach Randy Niemann earlier this year and with Yankees reliever Brian Bruney and former Mets executive Tony Bernazard last year.
The suspended player is due in court next month and could face up to a year in prison if convicted.
Topping off the Mets’ terrible week, the woman who accused Johan Santana of sexual assault last year has filed a civil suit in Lee County, Florida. Looks like a few Mets players could use some coaching off the field, not that their gameplay (57-57) is that much better.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 12, 2010