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James Rodriguez Pursued by Police for Speeding: Latest Comments and Reaction

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 30:  James Rodriguez of Real Madrid CF looks on during the Real Madrid CF vs Real Sociedad as part of the Liga BBVA 2015-2016 at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 30, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Power Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2016

Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez entered the team's training ground on Jan. 1 while being pursued by an unmarked police car after he was caught speeding, per Marco Ruiz of Spanish newspaper AS.

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Rodriguez Has License Suspended

Sunday, Jan. 3

Julian Cardillo of Gazzetta World reported Rodriguez was fined €30,000 and lost his license for a year.


Report: James Explains Reason for Ignoring Police Car

Sunday, Jan. 3

"Rodriguez has claimed he feared he was the victim of a kidnap plot as he attempted to escape police action for driving 200 kph down a Spanish highway," according to Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror.

AS shared a photo of James' Audi with the police car travelling behind:


Benitez Comments on James Incident

Saturday, Jan. 2

"Of course we have spoken about what is, in effect, a private matter," Madrid boss Rafa Benitez said, per Manu Sainz of AS. "James is a good lad and he is a serious-minded person. There’s nothing more to say on the subject. I repeat that this is a private matter. He has given us his account and the only thing we can do now is wait and not judge," Benitez added. 

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