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.