NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Mets’ off-field headaches keep mounting this spring.
Queens DA Richard Brown and the NYPD are ratcheting up their investigation into former Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels. Francisco Rodriguez was among the Mets questioned by New York’s Finest earlier this week.
“They just asked me some questions about Charlie, about the situation,” Rodriguez said on Thursday, after being interviewed by the NYPD Wednesday. “Simple questions. I know they talked to other people … It was about Charlie, and they just wanted to know what we knew.”
The Mets fired Samuels last November after the clubhouse manager had become involved in an investigation into illegal gambling and personally selling team merchandise by the Queens District Attorney and the NYPD.
“They said they didn’t need anything else,” K-Rod said. “I hadn’t talked to them before, and I didn’t really know much.”
On Thursday, Brown requested information regarding memorabilia allegedly stolen by Samuels, sending grand jury subpoenas to several sports-based auction houses.
The subpoenas ask for “any and all information regarding transactions in which Charles (Charlie) Samuels was a party to, including but not limited to, dates, substances of the transaction, payment information and/or other parties involved.”
According to the Daily News, “the DA sent the subpoenas to determine if Samuels allegedly sold stolen memorabilia to auction houses and to establish the value of the goods.”
The Mets said at the time they fired Samuels for violating team policies. The club said the decision came after an internal investigation that lasted several months.
Samuels was hired by the Mets in 1976 and last October completed his 27th season as clubhouse manager. He also has been involved in the team’s travel arrangements for many years.
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