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Mets Closer Francisco Rodriguez Charged With Criminal Contempt For Texts

As expected, Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com reports that New York Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez has been charged with criminal contempt for violating a court order of protection by sending text messages to his girlfriend.

Rodriguez was told to keep away from Carlos Pena and his daughter. But a week after he appeared in court, he sent her two text messages and kept going, sending 56 in all. Assistant District Attorney Scott Kessler said Rodriguez understood he wasn’t supposed to contact her, and he mentioned a previous case where he was accused of assaulting her in Venezuela.

“He’s not naive or loving. He’s manipulative and controlling,” Kessler said.