Rangers' Rogers sued by cameraman for June attack

DALLAS -- The television cameraman hospitalized following a tirade by the Texas Rangers' Kenny Rogers in June has sued the pitcher and the team.

Larry Rodriguez, who works for Dallas-Fort Worth television station KDFW, alleged in a personal injury lawsuit filed Wednesday in Tarrant County that Rogers injured him in an unprovoked attack on June 29.

Videotape of the incident showed Rogers walking onto Ameriquest Field in Arlington for pregame stretching and throwing a camera to the ground, kicking it and threatening to do more damage. Rodriguez, one of two cameramen who were shoved, was hospitalized following the attack.

The lawsuit also alleged that the Rangers were negligent because Rogers showed signs of anger and violence against media photographers before the attack, yet the team did nothing to curb it.

"This was not the first outburst on his part or action on his
part, which is consistent with someone with a severe anger
management problem," Rodriguez' lawyer, Stephen Pipkin, told the
station Wednesday.

Rogers and his lawyer did not respond to the lawsuit and the pitcher's agent, Scott Boras, did not return a telephone message.
Rangers spokesman Gregg Elkin said the team does not comment on
pending litigation.

The lawsuit does not involve the television station.

Rogers later turned himself in to police in Arlington, Texas, on misdemeanor assault charges and posted a $1,500 bond. He also apologized to the cameramen and fans for his behavior.

The Rangers said this week they will not offer the 40-year-old pitcher a contract for 2006. He is eligible to become a free agent.