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K-Rod once beat his girlfriend so badly she had to be hospitalized, prosecutor says

Sep 23, 2010, 9:40 AM EST

Francisco Rodriguez was arraigned on the text-message/protection order violation yesterday. During the hearing the district attorney painted a dark picture of the Mets closer:

Hothead fireballer K-Rod once beat his girlfriend so badly she had to be hospitalized, a Queens prosecutor said Wednesday.

The chilling assault was revealed in court as Assistant District Attorney Scott Kessler painted Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez as a manipulative bully who flouts the law.

“He’s not naive and loving,” Kessler told Queens Justice Ira Margulis. “He’s merely manipulating and controlling.”

The alleged assault that led to his girlfriend’s hospitalization took place in Venezuela, prosecutors say. K-Rod’s attorney denied it. The Mets say no records of it came up when they did a background check before signing him.

I have no idea what the truth is here. Based on both experience and stuff I’ve read, there’s reason to doubt the rigor and/or veracity of Met background checks, Venezuelan court records and the kinds of statements made by prosecutors during criminal arraignments.*  All three have been known to understate or overstate the truth of the matter.

But however this breaks, it’s ugly and sad and, oh how I wish this was merely a case about a knucklehead relief pitcher getting into a comical slap fight with an old guy who insulted his mama. It’s much more than that now.

*To be clear: I have no basis at hand to doubt what the prosecutor said in this particular instance. In the past, however, I have had clients called the most heinous things by prosecutors during preliminary hearings, where it is the prosecutor’s job to cast the accused in the worst light the known evidence will allow in an effort to get a high bail and stringent pretrial conditions placed on the defendant.  

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 23, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    Tell me again why the Mutts can’t void this piece of sh*t’s contract???

  2. BC - Sep 23, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    The Player’s Union would be all over the Mets if they tried to void it. Short of being convicted of a felony, which I really don’t think will happen, they can’t void it.
    And Craig’s italicized comment is spot-on. How can anyone dispute what was said? Especially given that getting any reliable information out of Venezuela is like getting blood from a stone.

  3. Kevin S. - Sep 23, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Craig, correct me if I’m wrong, but while it’s a defense attorney’s job to win at all costs (barring perjury, etc), isn’t that not the case for the DA? I thought their standard was to achieve the “right” outcome, not to pile as much onto the defendant as possible. Am I wrong here?
    Also, tell me why the Mets shouldn’t send K-Rod and $10 million to some team with an established closer for a non-prospect? Mets save nearly twenty million in salary not paid and the option not vesting, and since new team won’t have him finish fifty-five games, they get a set-up man with a strong history of success on a one-year, $5 million deal. Everybody wins, right?

  4. Jonny5 - Sep 23, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Well you can dispute the charges from south America all you want, but the damage has been done already. The seed of distaste has been planted. And that’s the best that can be expected when bringing up a case from South America anyway. Prosecuter 1, K-rod -1.

  5. Bull Durham - Sep 23, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    K-Rod has a long road ahead of him to regain acceptance before any team will be willing to add him to their roster, even for a low price.

  6. Craig Calcaterra - Sep 23, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Absolutely. A DA is an advocate just like a defense attorney is. I’m merely pointing out that you have to understand that the DA engages in rhetoric just like other lawyers do, and you can’t always take what they say — especially at preliminary hearings — as gospel. Things do get overstated at times. Evidence they are sure of now somehow disappears by the time trial rolls around.

  7. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 23, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    I would do it and make the Union defend this piece of garbage.

  8. Old Gator - Sep 23, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    And there was that…what, college lacross or rugby team up in North or South Carolina (sorry, rednecks all look alike to me) who were set up by a prosecutor or DA who got stripped of his job, disbarred and maybe did some jail time when the truth came out? I don’t recall the details but that was one ugly bit of disinformation peddling that DA did. Glad he got slammed for it, but those kids really got put through hell by the son of a bitch.

  9. Dick Tater - Sep 23, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    That was the lacrosse team at Duke (otherwise known as the University of New Jersey at Durham, NC).
    Oh yeah, Old Gator, always remember: if it weren’t for rednecks you wouldn’t have any good-looking children!

  10. f*ck la - Sep 23, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Funny, all fat old guys look the same to me.

  11. IdahoMariner - Sep 23, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    in our jurisdiction, prosecutors get suspended by the bar for “rhetoric” — you have to have grounds to believe it’s true.

  12. Trevor B - Sep 23, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    This will be good to be able to see how the MLB punishes players compared to the NFL. Michael Vick got in trouble for having bitches fight each other, let us see how baseball punishes K-Rod for fighting a bitch himself.

    *Note, may not be the most sincere joke, but just know it is a joke as I do not condone animal abuse or domestic abuse*

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