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Mets' Francisco Rodriguez Charged with Assault

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By Jason Beahm on August 17, 2010 2:46 PM

Athletes have been known to have their fair share of brushes with the law. Some of it stems from the fame, some from the violence of the game. Some of it relates to the family.

New York Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez, 28, made it for a strange Wednesday after being charged with assault, on his father-in-law, at Citi Field, according the Lt. Mike Wysokowski. His father in law was seen with "facial abrasions" and was taken out of the stadium on a stretcher, loaded into an ambulance and taken to the hospital. Rodriguez has been charged with third-degree assault, Wysokowski said. Third-degree assault has a maximum penalty of up to a year in jail as a Class A misdemeanor.

While the incident was certainly troubling for Rodriguez and the Mets, chances are slim that Rodriguez will face significant jail time. Generally, if a law allows for over a year in prison, it is considered a felony. Rodriguez has been charged with a misdemeanor, so the maximum sentence is a year or less. In some states, there is a middle ground of "wobblers," cases where the prosecutor may charge the crime as either a misdemeanor or a felony.

Rodriguez had not pitched in the game, which the Mets lost 6-2. Rodriguez appeared furious after the game and refused interview requests from sports reporters, the Boston Herald reports. He allegedly yelled at one and told them to leave. He then went into the clubhouse and moments later police officers entered behind him.

According to the New York Daily News, earlier that day Francisco Rodriguez was involved in an altercation outside the family lounge. It has been a frustrating season for the team, which has struggled to find any kind of consistency.

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