Mets Francisco Rodriguez Arrested for Punching Father-in-Law

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

New York Mets All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez was arrested at Citi Field in New York Wednesday night for allegedly assaulting his father-in-law.

The New York Daily News reports investigators say Rodriguez threw at least one punch during the altercation in a tunnel just outside the Mets clubhouse in the moments following the team's 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies. His father-in-law suffered facial abrasions and was taken to a nearby hospital.

Rodriguez is charged with third-degree assault.

Witnesses say Rodriguez was yelling as he was pushed back from the stadium's Family Lounge into the hallway, which was crowded with people who were waiting for players after the game. Team security then pulled the pitcher away and rushed him into the clubhouse.

When a reporter who witnessed the incident asked Rodriguez about it, he snapped, "Mind your own f**king business."

Rodriguez then left the clubhouse but was taken into police custody a short time later.

The Mets confirmed Rodriguez had an altercation with a relative but referred all further questions to the NYPD.

Moments before the fight, Rodriguez got angry with reporters who asked why he was not brought into the game in a bases loaded situation in the 8th inning. Instead, another reliever gave up a game-deciding grand slam.