Ex-Brewer K-Rod charged for domestic abuse in Wales
The Milwaukee Brewers’ Francisco Rodriguez, known as “K-Rod” to followers of baseball, ran afoul of the law earlier this year, after he was charged with misdemeanor battery in a domestic abuse case at his Wales home.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Oct. 31, Rodriguez, 30, and his 23-year-old fiancé got into an argument because Rodriguez told her that she could not come on his trip to Pittsburgh.
When sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home, Rodriguez seemed surprised to see law enforcement and asked if there was a problem, the complaint alleged.
Deputies told him they were there to investigate a possible domestic disturbance, so Rodriguez pointed them to his girlfriend who was found hiding in an upstairs closet.
Through an interpreter, the woman told deputies that the couple began arguing earlier that evening and that Rodriguez had been very angry and upset lately. She alleged that she was getting ready to go to bed when she confronted him about why he had been acting that way. During the course of the argument, Rodriguez allegedly struck her on the right side of the head with his fist, causing her nose to bleed.
The victim grabbed a sweatshirt to try and stop the nosebleed, but Rodriguez allegedly grabbed her by the hair and threw her, the complaint stated.
While on the floor, the ex-Brewers relief pitcher allegedly began kicking her on the left side, injuring her left upper shoulder blade, bruising her upper left thigh and injuring her wrist in the process. After he was done kicking her, the victim alleged that he dragged her to the car after she asked him to take her to the hospital.
Rodriguez screamed at her to change her clothes because he said he would not take her anywhere in bloody clothes, but once they got in the car, the pitcher allegedly drove circles around the subdivision. They continued to argue in the vehicle, where Rodriguez allegedly struck the woman in the chin and caused a scratch. When she told him she planned to call police, Rodriguez began collecting all the phones and hiding them.
When deputies questioned Rodriguez, he said his fiancé became angry that she could not go on the upcoming Brewers roadtrip to Pittsburgh and that she accused him of “messing around” on her.
He stated that she pushed him, so he pushed back. In explaining her nosebleed, Rodriguez said his fiancé gets nosebleeds when she cries a lot. He also said he tried to take her to a hospital but he could not find anything that was open.
During a follow-up interview on Sept. 20, the victim told deputies that the incident was her fault and that she started the argument and pushed Rodriguez first. She also claimed that she fell down on her own, that she gets nosebleeds when she cries and that Rodriguez never touched her or harmed her in any way.
She also indicated the couple’s relationship was over and that she wanted to return to her home country.
If convicted Rodriguez faces up to a $10,000 fine and up to nine months in prison. He was arrested previously in August 2010 while playing for the New York Mets for third-degree assault and second-degree harassment after a scuffle with his girlfriend’s father.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of attempted assault and served no jail time but agreed to undergo anger management classes. Rodriguez is scheduled to make an initial court appearance at 8:15 a.m. Nov. 12.
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