NEW YORK (WFAN) — Francisco Rodriguez has been suspended for two games after police say he beat up his father-in-law Wednesday night at CitiField.
K-Rod arrived in handcuffs for his arraignment Thursday afternoon and was later released without bail.READ MORE: Retired FDNY Firefighter Suffering From 9/11-Related Illness In Need Of Lifesaving Bone Marrow Transplant
Police say Rodriguez, 28, attacked Carlos Pena, 53, outside a lounge reserved for players’ families. He is charged with third degree assault.
So what sparked the incident?
According to the Daily News, K-Rod threw the first punch in defense of his mother, who was also present.READ MORE: Harlem Man Arrested After Allegedly Punching Woman, Striking 5-Year-Old Child
The News quotes Pena as telling the relief pitcher to “man up and play better.” Apparently not one to let someone talk to her son that way, Rodriguez’ mother told the older man to “shut up,” and a Spanish screaming match between the two resulted.
“You can’t talk to my mami that way!” Rodriguez shouted, sparking the brawl which resulted in cuts, bumps and bruises for Pena – and a restraining order for Rodriguez, issued on behalf of his wife and her father.
K-Rod is also barred from seeing his twins until he goes to family court.MORE NEWS: New York Judge Suspends Father's Visitation Rights With Daughter Unless He Gets COVID Vaccine Or Subjects To Weekly Testing
Meanwhile, the New York Post reports that Pena was the one shouting in defense of a woman, shouting “You can’t talk to my daughter that way!” while the baseball star and the mother of his children were caught in a heated argument.