Rangers Pitcher Turns Himself In

Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Roger makes a statement to the the media in Arlington , Texas, Wednesday, July 6, 2005. Without taking questions from reporters, Rogers offered an apology for an earlier tirade against two TV cameramen that left one of them in the hospital. The Rangers' lefty turned himself in to authorities Monday, July 18, 2005 after he was charged with misdemeanor assault in the shoving of the two cameramen.
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Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers turned himself in to authorities Monday on misdemeanor assault charges stemming from his tirade against two cameramen.

Arlington police spokeswoman Christy Gilfour said Rogers faces a charge of assault with injury in the shoving of KDFW cameraman Larry Rodriguez. She also said police will mail an assault citation to Rogers' attorney for shoving Fox Sports Net Southwest cameraman David Mammeli.

The assault charge involving Rodriguez is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000. The other charge is punishable by a fine of up to $500.

Neither the Rangers nor Rogers' attorney returned telephone calls seeking comment.

Gilfour said Fox Sports, which owns the camera Rogers damaged in shoving Rodriguez, has declined to press criminal charges.

The 40-year-old left-hander is free on $1,500 bond. He's appealing a 20-game suspension and $50,000 fine for shoving the cameramen June 29.

Rogers leads Texas with 11 wins. He has refused to talk to reporters all season. He has also boycotted most media since a report before spring training that he threatened to retire if he wasn't given a contract extension.

Rogers lashed out at the cameramen as they filmed him walking to the field for pre-game stretching. The episode led to Rodriguez being treated at a hospital after the camera was ripped from his hands and thrown to the ground.