Mets reliever Jeurys Familia has been arrested on a domestic violence charge in New Jersey, according to a report from The Record (NJ):
Familia, 27, was charged with simple assault, a disorderly persons offense, according to the report.
Major League Baseball will likely open an investigation into the incident soon, as part of the league’s domestic violence policy that was signed into effect last August. The league has suspended three players (Aroldis Chapman, Hector Olivera and Familia’s teammate, Jose Reyes) as part of the policy, and has investigated Yasiel Puig and Jung-ho Kang as well.
The Mets came under scrutiny for signing Reyes earlier in the season after he was suspended 51 games for his role in an October incident and subsequently released by the Rockies. Today’s arrest of Familia will bring to light more questions about the organization’s stance on domestic violence, considering that Familia recently spoke out against domestic violence in a New York campaign for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Familia posted a 2.55 ERA in 67 games for the Mets this season while saving 51 games, and was named an All-Star for the first time in his career.