K-Rod: You Be the Judge
Some comments from various people “close to the situation” in regard to the K-Rod incident of the other night, courtesy of ESPN …
The 28-year-old closer went into the family lounge, hauled Pena into an adjoining tunnel and “repeatedly hit him in the face and hit his head against a wall” before taking off, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.
New York Assistant District Attorney Kristen A. Kane:
“There seems to be a history of violence,” Kane said. “[The complainants are] very concerned. They are very fearful of the defendant returning to the home.”
“For me, to get to that level at anything is not something that you encourage.”
I should hope not!
It’s disappointing, man. You don’t want to see no one go through that. But it is what it is. Now he has to deal with that situation. Us, as players, as teammates, even though we don’t agree with what he did, we have to support him. He’s part of the ballclub. He’s going to come here and do his thing.”
“No one should act like that. It doesn’t matter if the team did whatever it did. No one should act like that. I think that’s something as players, that’s why every step you take forward you have to know what you’re doing. To me, I do [think] he feels sorry. He feels sorry about what happened. But it’s too late.”
Agreed. Nice to see Carlos step up and provide his comment. Billy Wagner would be proud. Please continue to step up and take over a leadership role, Carlos!
“We support him 100 percent. I’m just hoping to get him back as soon as possible. He means a lot to this ballclub.”
Yeah, me too. Baseball is much more important than uncontrollable rage occuring in a home where two young children reside. Kids need to be tougher these days anyway. Forget about them and get K-Rod back in the bullpen!
“Maybe it’s a distraction we need. Not to say it’s a good thing. But maybe at the end of the day we can turn it into a positive. I know for him, it’s between him and his family.”
Oh Jeff … I try so hard to defend you, to like you … sometimes, maybe it’s best to just keep quiet.
Francisco Rodriguez’s attorney Christopher Booth:
“Mr. Rodriguez is obviously distressed. He’s 28 years old and never had anything like this happen to him before. It’s quite a shock for a young man to be put into handcuffs and taken away and charged.”
“Mr. Rodriguez and I have complete confidence in our criminal justice system. This is the first step in what is going to be a long process. Mr. Rodriguez, like everyone else, has family issues and family concerns on top of the pressures that athletes like him face every day. He is confident, and I am confident, that there will be a fast and just resolution in this case.”
“… happen to him before” ?????????? What the heck does that mean? This is the first time he got CAUGHT beating someone up? It’s not like some external force took over his body and made him punch an old man. I won’t even address the “pressures that athletes like him face every day”. That’s just asinine.
One final quote, from Jeff Wilpon:
Ownership and the organization are very disappointed in Francisco’s inappropriate behavior and we take this matter very seriously.
Wow … them’s some harsh words! I felt a chill just reading them! He seems almost as angry as last October when the Mets’ disappointing season made him say all kinds of crazy things.