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Old 06-30-05, 11:27 AM
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Kenny Rogers goes crazy


ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers could face assault charges after shoving two cameramen Wednesday, sending one to the hospital in a videotaped tirade that included throwing a camera to the ground and threatening to break others.


Rogers (9-3), who missed his last start for the struggling Rangers with a broken pinky he suffered during an outburst earlier this month, erupted at the cameramen as they filmed him walking to the field for pregame stretching before Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels.

The 40-year-old left-hander first shoved Fox Sports Net Southwest photographer David Mammeli, telling him: "I told you to get those cameras out of my face."

Rogers then approached a second cameraman. He wrestled the camera from Larry Rodriguez of Dallas-Fort Worth television station KDFW, threw it to the ground and kicked it.

Rodriguez filed a formal police report against Rogers on Wednesday night, claiming assault. Police went to interview Rodriguez at about 9 p.m. ET at the Medical Center of Arlington where the cameraman was being examined for possible injuries.

According to Lt. Blake Miller, detectives plan to interview Rogers sometime on Thursday.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound pitcher saw two other cameramen who were recording from the Rangers' dugout and walked toward them. He did not make contact with the men, who were backing away.

"I'll break every ... one of them," Rogers said before he was escorted to the clubhouse by catcher Rod Barajas.

The Rangers sent Rogers home about an hour later.

KDFW news director Maria Barrs said paramedics took Rodriguez to the hospital to be checked out.

"He does have quite a bit of pain, in his shoulder and his arm and his leg," Barrs said. Rodriguez was treated and released.

Fox Sports Net Souhwest spokesman Ramon Alvarez said Mammeli wasn't injured.

Footage shot by Dallas-Fort Worth station KTVT shows Rogers pushing Rodriguez's camera, which goes over the photographer's head and falls to the ground. As Rodriguez puts the camera back on his shoulder, Rogers approaches again, pushing the lens away and having words with the photographer.

As players begin to intervene, Rogers pulls the camera to the ground and kicks it before walking away.

Rodriguez said that when he picked up the camera the second time, his intentions were to keep getting footage of Rogers.

"I figured since now he vented that he was all good, but the second time was just a little bit too much," he said in an interview on KDFW.

"There's no question he was upset. I don't understand why we were the ... I don't know if we were the stem of the problem or what," he said. "I don't think we did anything wrong."

Rangers general manager John Hart said late Wednesday that the team had contacted Major League Baseball, and wouldn't say whether the team would suspend Rogers.

Hart said he had talked to Rogers and "Kenny obviously realizes his actions were incorrect."

"His comment to me was 'I didn't handle this right. I'm frustrated. My integrity and toughness is being called into question,' " Hart said.

Rangers manager Buck Showalter, who did not witness the events, said the said the team will investigate.

"It's not something we'll take lightly," Showalter said. "When I have all the facts, I'll deal with it."

Showalter added: "One person was frustrated -- frustrated at not being able to win."

Texas lost eight of nine entering Wednesday night's game, which the Rangers won 7-6.

"I think it demonstrated an appalling lack of control," Barrs said. "The team doing poorly is no excuse for assaulting a guy who's just doing his job."


"What Kenny did was wrong and we won't condone it," Rangers owner Tom Hicks said. "It will be handled internally."

Rogers missed his turn Tuesday night against the Angels because of a small broken bone in his right pinkie. Rogers was hurt after he came out of a game against Washington on June 17. Video clips showed him knocking multiple coolers to the ground, then looking at his right hand.

Rogers has refused to talk to reporters all season, and on Tuesday night ordered television cameras turned off around him. He has boycotted most media since a report before spring training that he threatened to retire if he wasn't given a contract extension.

Hicks said he's aware that Rogers has a temper.

"Kenny has had a short fuse dealing with the media," said Hicks. "I've heard stories about what may or may not have happened. He has issues. It's directed at the media and I don't know why."

Rangers players were supportive of Rogers.

"It's something we're going to keep in-house," said Gary Matthews Jr., who hit a two-run homer for the Rangers. "It's going to be between Kenny and the front office."

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Old 06-30-05, 11:28 AM
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Wow. I thought he knew when to walk away (and when to run).
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Old 06-30-05, 11:31 AM
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Maybe his wife picked a fine time to leave him.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
Wow. I thought he knew when to walk away (and when to run).
but do you know when to hold them, or fold them?
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Sounds like he ate some bad chicken.
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Old 06-30-05, 11:46 AM
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More like somebody pissed on his cereal type of reaction...
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Old 06-30-05, 12:54 PM
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Wow - not the guy I would have expected to pop.
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Old 06-30-05, 12:59 PM
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Not a surprise to me, or my Fantasy team...

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Old 06-30-05, 01:02 PM
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What an asshat.

First break your hand punching a water cooler, and then assault camera men.

I'd love to see Selig suspend him for the rest of the year. MLB doesn't need shit like this, especially after the Pacers-Pistons incident.
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Old 06-30-05, 01:29 PM
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What did Unit get for hitting that cameraman in the street when arriving to the Spankees?
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Originally Posted by Y2K Falcon
What did Unit get for hitting that cameraman in the street when arriving to the Spankees?
I don't think that he was fined nor suspended for his action. Just a public apology.
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Originally Posted by Josh Hinkle
I'd love to see Selig suspend him for the rest of the year.
A guy throws a chair into the stands and isn't suspended for a year, and a shove to a cameraman warrants it?
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Originally Posted by LurkerDan
A guy throws a chair into the stands and isn't suspended for a year, and a shove to a cameraman warrants it?
Both warranted it.
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I have no sympathy for cameramen - what do expect when someone's having a bad day keep filming and expect for more fireworks to explode

Rodriguez said that when he picked up the camera the second time, his intentions were to keep getting footage of Rogers.

what a dipshit.
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I have no sympathy for cameramen - what do expect when someone's having a bad day keep filming and expect for more fireworks to explode

Rodriguez said that when he picked up the camera the second time, his intentions were to keep getting footage of Rogers.

what a dipshit.

I know what you mean. Even though I don't really empathize with celebrities, I really feel bad for them for all the papparazzi crap they have to put up with. Things have gone too far and eventually the levy will break (although the Princess Di thing didn't seem to matter much)

Rogers seems to be on a hot-streak though.

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Old 06-30-05, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Josh Hinkle
Both warranted it.
oh, please. I'm not remotely supporting Rogers when I say that is freaking ridiculous. Suspend him for a season? Step away from the crack pipe please.
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Originally Posted by Giles
I have no sympathy for cameramen - what do expect when someone's having a bad day keep filming and expect for more fireworks to explode

Rodriguez said that when he picked up the camera the second time, his intentions were to keep getting footage of Rogers.

what a dipshit.
You are taking the side of Rogers? This guy has a job to do and has been doing it for a while. Actually Rogers went after 2 camera guys and apperantly was trying for a third from a report. One thing is to put your hand on the lens to cover it up and complain. It's another to say your whiney rant about how life is unfair and leave me and my millions alone but to go back and start shit again.(?). IMO he is a prick and this year he has proven that a few times already.

For being suspened a year though? No way.
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oh, please. I'm not remotely supporting Rogers when I say that is freaking ridiculous. Suspend him for a season? Step away from the crack pipe please.
No crack pipe. I just think these whiney multi-millionaires should be severly punished when they assault fans or media on the field. Especially after the pacers-pistons debacle. This shit has to stop, and hurting these losers severly in their wallets is the only way that will work.
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Originally Posted by dick_grayson
I know what you mean. Even though I don't really empathize with celebrities, I really feel bad for them for all the papparazzi crap they have to put up with. Things have gone too far and eventually the levy will break (although the Princess Di thing didn't seem to matter much)
While I sympathize with a celebrity who goes off on some asshole papparazzi photograher, that's not at all what happened in this instance. This was a TV cameraman, doing his job in the exact place where he is supposed to do his job. No excuse for going after them.
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Originally Posted by uberjoe
While I sympathize with a celebrity who goes off on some asshole papparazzi photograher, that's not at all what happened in this instance. This was a TV cameraman, doing his job in the exact place where he is supposed to do his job. No excuse for going after them.
they should expect this kind of shit though, not all celebrities like having cameras in their face.
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they should expect this kind of shit though, not all celebrities like having cameras in their face.
Still, the camera man said he was where he was every day, filming the team coming out and waiting for the manager to come out for his daily interview.

Plus, Rodgers should expect extra attention after his moronic water cooler incident. If I was an owner I'd have a clause in every player contract that they don't get paid for missing games with self inflicted injuries like that.
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They guy didn't sneak into the bathroom and film him taking a piss, he was on the field doing what he is allowed to do by MLB.
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Originally Posted by Giles
they should expect this kind of shit though, not all celebrities like having cameras in their face.
Well, tough shit. Major League Baseball wants TV cameramen on the field so they get publicity, which brings money. He was allowed to be there, and he was allowed to film Rogers. However, Rogers was certainly not allowed to attack the guy without provocation (no, properly filming him is not "provocation," at least not under the law). People keep talking about what MLB should do, but the truth is the guy broke the law and should be arrested.
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He should get fined and suspended
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Originally Posted by raven56706
He should get fined and suspended
I agree with that, just not for a year.

I do have some sympathy for him. It's easy to talk about the whiney millionaires and what not, but they still have shitty days, days that are every bit as shitty as the ones we have, and then they have a camera in their face when they're already in a foul mood. Not condoning his actions, but this isn't like Ron Artest jumping into the stands at all.
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