Derek Jeter's dad accused of battery

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Tampa, Florida -- A freelance photographer for the New York Post says Derek Jeter's dad pushed him and then grabbed his collar and pulled him back.

Robert Martinez says the altercation occurred last Tuesday outside Jeter's Davis Islands home as he was trying to get a picture of the New York Yankees shortstop.

Over the weekend, Martinez filed a report with Tampa Police but says at this time he doesn't want to press charges.

"He did sign a complaint withdrawal form, which basically says he doesn't want to prosecute, he just wants the incident documented in case he has any further medical issues that arise from it," Tampa Police spokesperson Laura McElroy said.

Martinez says after the incident he experienced a stiff neck and sore back. According to the report, he told police a doctor said he may have pulled his back during the incident.

Although Martinez says he does not was to press charges, McElroy says that could always change.

"If he was interested in pursuing charges, then we would reopen it. We would go out and interview the person who is accused and some of the witnesses and begin an investigation," McElroy said.

Cell phone video of the moments leading up to the incident were recorded by a person who was also outside Jeter's home Tuesday night. The person, only identified as Steve, sent the clip to local radio station 93.3 WFLZ's the MJ Morning Show.

Attempts to reach Jeter or his father, Dr. Charles Jeter, for comment through both the Yankees and Jeter's Foundation were unsuccessful.

More than a year ago, Martinez also did some freelance work for WTSP under the station's Citizen Journalist Program.

Preston Rudie, 10 News

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