The Mets off-season plans just took a sudden and disturbing turn — Jeurys Familia has been charged with domestic violence.
A complaint was filed against the All-Star closer in a court in New Jersey for an incident that allegedly happened on Monday. Police tell the Bergen Record officers responded to a call at an apartment in Fort Lee early that morning. They observed a scratch to the chest and a bruise to the right cheek of the victim, whose name was redacted in the court papers. The complaint says police found probable cause “to believe that domestic violence had occurred” and that Familia caused “bodily injury to another.”
He was arrested and charged with simple assault. He was later released on $1,500 bail.
In a statement, the Mets said:
“The matter was brought to our attention and we are monitoring the situation.”
Ironically, Familia was recently featured in an anti-domestic violence ad.
Putting aside for a moment the seriousness of the charge and the obvious legal ramifications, the Mets can assume Jeurys Familia will not be their closer on Opening Day. Major League Baseball has come down hard on domestic violence cases, even those that do not result in criminal convictions.
Jose Reyes was suspended for the first 52 games of 2016 and Aroldis Chapman missed the first month of the season for their respective incidents.
So Familia is likely looking at some kind of suspension when it is all said and done.