All-Star New York Mets Pitcher Jeurys Familia Arrested For Domestic Violence Just One Month After Starring An Anti-Domestic Violence Campaign
Jeurys Familia, the New York Mets pitcher who fronts an anti-domestic violence ad campaign, is now facing a domestic violence charge himself in New Jersey.
According to a complaint filed in Fort Lee municipal court, Familia caused ‘bodily injury to another,’ leaving a scratch on the victim’s chest and a bruise on their right cheek.
The complaint says the 27-year-old was arrested early Monday and charged with simple assault, The Record reported.
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Familia was arrested after Fort Lee officers were called out to a ‘dispute’ at a Park Avenue address at around 2.22am.
The name of the victim has been blanked out on the report obtained by The Record, for confidentiality reasons.
However, the document says that ‘a law enforcement officer… responding to the incident found probable cause to believe that domestic violence had occurred’.
The All-Star pitcher has a year-old boy, Jeurys Jr, with his wife Bianca. The couple live together in their Fort Worth apartment. There is no indication that she is the alleged victim.
Familia serves as the Mets closer and is typically brought in towards the end of games that are heading towards a tie.
On October 7, he became the face of #NotAFan, a domestic violence PSA.
In a 30-second ad spot, Familia is seen in a moodily-lit locker room, flexing and preparing for a game.
Clips from 911 calls are played before the Dominican player is heard saying in Spanish: ‘I’m a fan of baseball. I’m a fan of The Mets. I’m not a fan of domestic violence.’
The campaign, from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, also features ads with other players, including New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
Even if Familia is not tried on the charges, he may still face penalties under the MLB’s domestic violence policy, which began last year.
In November last year fellow Mets player Jose Reyes became the first MLB star to face the new policy after allegedly hitting his wife.
She refused to cooperate with investigators, causing the trial to fold, but in May he was suspended for playing for four months, losing a total of $7million. He did not appeal.
Familia’s agent declined comment on the matter. The Mets issued a statement that said ‘the matter was brought to our attention and we are monitoring the situation.’
The All-Star, who made $4.1million this season, was released after posting $1,500 bail. He agreed to a condition not to make contact with the victim.
Familia is listed as ‘Jeurys F Mojica’ in the criminal complaint. MLB confirmed Familia’s extended last name is Mojica. The date on the complaint matches Familia’s age on the MLB website.
By JAMES WILKINSON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM