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New York Mets Closer Francisco Rodriguez Involved in Violent Altercation

NEW YORK - JULY 29:  Francisco Rodriguez #75 and Josh Thole #30 of the New York Mets celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals on July 29, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 4-0.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Phil HoopsCorrespondent IAugust 12, 2010

Last night's Mets game may have ended at around 10:00 p.m., but the action and drama was far from over.

Numerous reports indicate that, around 11:00 p.m., Mets closer Francisco "K-Rod" Rodriguez struck his father-in-law, whom later needed to be transported from Citi Field to a hospital via ambulance.

According to SNY's Kevin Burkhardt, the trouble began when Rodriguez refused to speak to the media and stormed off into a room that was closed to the press.

Moments later, Burkhardt reports that Citi Field security, followed by members of the NYPD, went into that same room and later escorted Rodriguez to the police precinct at Citi Field.

After an hour or so, SNY's Chris Carlin later confirmed on air that Rodriguez will be charged with assault in the third degree, which carries a class-A misdemeanor in the state of New York, according to Newsday's Ken Davidoff.

From a baseball standpoint, this incident is a huge black eye on the organization regardless of the outcome of this situation. As Bobby Ojeda pointed out, if K-Rod is indeed found guilty of the assault charge, it is possible that the Mets could potentially void his contract.

Obviously, much of this is speculation and it will likely be a day or two before everyone gets a clearer picture of what went down. One thing is for sure, though: It will be very interesting when Rodriguez's fellow teammates begin to arrive at Citi Field later this morning for the 12:10 p.m. matinee game.

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