Earlier this afternoon, NY Mets star closer, Francisco Rodriquez with taken by the police from a holding cell inside of Citi Field to the Queens County Criminal Court to be arraigned on Third Degree Assault Charges.
An arraignment means that K-Rod will go before a judge and formally hear the charges against him. He will then enter a plea to the charges (which was not guilty). Since K-Rod has no criminal record he was released and the case will proceed to the discovery phase if no plea bargain can be agreed upon.
However, as a condition of his release, the judge issued an Order of Protection in favor of his wife and his father-in-law. In court today, the Queens County ADA said that there were “ongoing family tensions” and that his wife, Diane, was “fearful” of his return home. So as of now, KRod must find a new place to live. The Order of Protection will remain in effect until KRod next court date.
It is important to note that if K-Rod violates this Order of Protection, in any way, by contacting his family or going home, he will be arrested immediately. A violation of an Order of Protection is an entirely separate crime that could carry jail time (and I’m not talking about “Citi Jail”). Apparently, K-Rod is taking the position that his father-in-law was the “initial aggressor” against him. We know that this happened in front of a whole room of witnesses and that story hasn’t come out yet. KRod needs a plea and quickly.