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Francisco Rodriguez

August 12, 2010 by staff 

Francisco Rodriguez, (New York Daily News) — The turmoil of a civil claim is based on the Mets Johan Santana sexually assaulted a woman in Florida last year has created barely a ripple in the clubhouse of the team. Several of his Mets teammates, said Wednesday that demand is the business of Santana, and has become fodder for discussion between the players.

“That’s his personal life,” said closer Francisco Rodriguez. “I’m the right person to comment on that. Support it, that’s all.

“Do not talk about it. We respect personal affairs. That’s a code I do not think that only in the locker room, but wherever you go. Do not talk about another person’s personal life.”

The Mets, meanwhile, are going ahead with a Santana-themed promotion for her party on Friday night in America, a team spokesman. The first 25,000 fans will receive a Koozie 21 years “- a bracket that holds a bottle of cold beer – which features an image of Santana’s No. 57 jersey striped with” Los Mets “across the front.

Santana, who is 9-6 with an ERA of 3.06, will find out if the public feels the same way that his teammates Thursday when he makes his first start since news broke of the lawsuit Tuesday. He will face the Rockies at the end of a three-game series beginning at 24:10 Citi Field.

Santana has said he had consensual sex with the woman on a golf course in Fort Myers on October 27, 2009, but said the encounter was consensual. Lee County authorities have not filed charges against Santana, who is married, because he said there was insufficient evidence. Santana gave an interview to the jury at the time a detective in the investigation, like his father, Jesus Santana, and a friend, identified in court papers as Fernando, who was with Santana playing tennis on the course. Santana Suarez Rene Attorney represented during the interview launcher. Suarez did not respond to requests daily news for comment on Wednesday.

The civil complaint, filed Tuesday in Florida, alleges that the ace of the Mets threatened the woman when she resisted his advances and assaulted her even though she begged and begged him to stop. She says Santana impregnated her, leading to a miscarriage and that she has suffered extensive physical and emotional pain that will require treatment for the rest of his life.

Santana was especially scarce before the game Wednesday night between the Rockies and Mets. Tuesday night, said, “The truth will out” when asked about the lawsuit.

Jerry Manuel is not worried that the news of the lawsuit would affect his team, saying: “Not for nothing” when asked if he thought the team needed to be addressed in this regard. The director added, “I’m really not familiar enough with it anyway to make comments.”

“There has been a distraction at all,” said Mike Pelfrey. “Nobody is even talking about it here since the first time. No one mentioned it. Not even know if anyone asked about it. Nobody said a word about it.”

- By Nathaniel Vinton

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