K-Rod avoids jail time, deportation
December 3, 2010 § Leave a comment
Mets closer Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez pleaded guilty to attempted assault to settle charges he attacked his girlfriend’s father last season. K-Rod had been charged with assault after he was accused of grabbing Carlos Pena, hauling him into a tunnel at the team’s ballpark and punching him in the face after an Aug. 11 game. He tore a ligament in the thumb of his pitching hand and underwent season-ending surgery after the altercation. The fight cost Rodriguez more than $3 million. And he’s spent months trying to repair his image, apologizing to fans and to the league repeatedly. The 4-time All Star must undergo a year of anger management. He was sentenced to a conditional discharge, meaning as long as he completes treatment he will stay out of jail. Rodriguez also pleaded guilty to 2 counts of disorderly conduct for sending dozens of text messages begging his girlfriend Daian Pena for forgiveness after he was told by a judge not to contact her. Pena, who is the mother of twins with Rodriguez, never responded. Judge Mary O’Donoghue ordered Rodriguez to keep away from the Penas for 2 years. He also was ordered to pay medical bills for Carlos Pena and was fined $1,000. Rodriguez had faced a year in jail on the top charge of 3rd-degree assault. The Mets player is from Venezuela and could’ve faced deportation, but attorney Christopher Booth said that would not happen under the terms of the agreement with prosecutors. (AP) NOTE: GREAT plea bargain.