New York Mets Closer Jeurys Familia was arrested in Fort Lee, New Jersey, after an alleged domestic violence dispute.
According to ESPN, a complaint was filed at the borough’s municipal court stating Familia caused a scratch to the chest and a bruise to the right cheek of the victim. The name of the victim is unavailable now due to the ongoing investigation. The officer at the scene, Tony Pickens, stated he “found probable cause to believe that domestic violence had occurred.”
Familia was charged with simple assault, per the complaint to the courts.
Bail was set at $1,500 and Familia was released after his arrest, according to the Bergen Record.
“The matter was brought to our attention and we are monitoring the situation,” the Mets said in a statement.
Familia was with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and was part of domestic violence awareness month in October hosted by the City Council.
Familia was a first-time All-Star this season for the National League and led Major League Baseball (MLB) with 51 saves for a season.
Let’s be clear on how Major League Baseball (MLB) handles domestic violence cases.
According to ESPN, Jose Reyes received a 52-games suspension to begin the 2016 season after an incident last offseason in Hawaii involving his wife.
Aroldis Chapman received a 30-game suspension in March stemming from an October 2015 incident involving his then-girlfriend. Chapman is now back, playing for the Chicago Cubs in the World Series after a midseason trade from the New York Yankees.
The MLB will wait for the investigation to conclude before discipline.