• Photog Claims To Be Manhandled By Daddy Jeter

    Posted by on December 14th, 2010 · Comments (6)

    Via Tampa Bay Online

    A freelance photographer is accusing Derek Jeter’s father of pushing then grabbing him outside the professional baseball player’s home on Davis Islands.

    Robert Martinez, 35, a freelance photographer for the New York Post, said he suffered a sore back and stiff neck from the incident, according to a Tampa Police Department report.

    Martinez, who works locally for WTSP television, is not pressing charges against Charles Jeter, 60, police said.

    This is what happened about 7:20 p.m. on Dec. 7, according to the police report:

    Martinez got a tip that Derek Jeter would be at his Davis Islands home following a New York Yankees news conference at the team’s training complex on North Himes Avenue.

    The photographer waited outside of Jeter’s mansion until the Yankees’ shortstop walked out with his parents and five other people. As Jeter walked toward the passenger side of a pewter-colored Mercedes-Benz, Charles Jeter put his arm up and pushed Martinez.

    Martinez backed up a few feet, still taking photographs. When Derek Jeter went around to the driver’s side of the car, Martinez tried to take more photos. He was stopped when Charles Jeter pulled Martinez back by his jacket collar.

    “After the incident, Martinez didn’t think it was a big deal so he didn’t report the offense at the time,” the report said.

    Two days later, Martinez woke up with a stiff neck and sore back. A doctor told him that Martinez may have pulled his back during the confrontation with Charles Jeter.

    “Martinez doesn’t want to prosecute Charles Jeter at this time,” the police report said. “He just wants the incident documented just in case he has more problems from the incident.”

    No truth to the rumor that Martinez later found a Derek Jeter jersey, and, after trying it on, in Eddie Brock like fashion, he was transformed into an aging shortstop with limited range to his left.

    Comments on Photog Claims To Be Manhandled By Daddy Jeter

    1. clintfsu813
      December 14th, 2010 | 4:23 pm

      Papparazzo’s are douche bags. His pain makes me smile. 😀

    2. MJ Recanati
      December 14th, 2010 | 4:26 pm

      clintfsu813 wrote:

      Papparazzo’s are douche bags.

      Gotta agree with that. Not that anyone has a right to commit assault another person for no reason but, hey, you have to figure that if you want to be a papparazzi photographer, you’ll probably catch your fair share of beatings.

      By the way, I’m not surprised that Mr. Jeter was able to rough him up. He always looked tougher than he let on.

    3. Corey Italiano
      December 14th, 2010 | 4:27 pm

      One thing I never understood was, why are these people allowed to take pictures of celebs and make money off them? The celebs never make a cent off of it. How is that legal?

      It’s probably not. And since it’s not, I think that the celebs should have the right to put their foot in the asses of all those who take pictures of them and stalk them, without consequence.

    4. MJ Recanati
      December 14th, 2010 | 4:37 pm

      @ Corey Italiano:
      There’s a difference, legally speaking, between photographing someone and stalking them. Stalking is illegal whereas photographing a public figure is not.

      The key distinction is that US state, federal and supreme courts have defined the boundaries of what constitues a “public figure” and provide the loophole that gives papparazzi the right to take pictures of these people (as opposed to just following you and me around to take pictures of us).

    5. Corey Italiano
      December 14th, 2010 | 5:25 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      Waiting at the guys house sounds like stalking to me.

    6. Evan3457
      December 14th, 2010 | 6:34 pm

      Corey Italiano wrote:

      @ MJ Recanati:
      Waiting at the guys house sounds like stalking to me.

      Not if it’s on a public street. If they’re on the person’s property, then, yeah. But there is no presumption of privacy on a public street, and as celebrities are “newsworthy” by their mere appearance, the 1st Amendment allows “the press” to take as many pictures of them in public as they want.

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