New York Mets star closer Jeurys Familia (27) was arrested early Monday morning on domestic violence charges. Police were called to Familia's New Jersey residence around 2:22 am on Monday. Familia lives there with his fiance and 1-year-old baby. According to journalists Andrew Wyrich and Abbott Koloff from the Bergen Record, Police state that Familia caused "bodily injury to another" and that they observed a scratch to the chest and a bruise to the right cheek of the victim, whose name was not known in the court papers provided to The Record on Tuesday. Familia was recently a part of an anti-domestic ad campaign.

The ad featured athletes denouncing domestic violence. In the adFamilia is in his Mets uniform with a baseball and glove, with a cutaway shot of City Field.Familia talks in Spanish and says"I am not a fan of domestic violence." In a statement following the incident, Familia states“somebody is trying to damage my reputation with this info. I’m at peace with my family."


The New York Mets are aware of the incident and said in a statement“the matter was brought to our attention and we are monitoring the situation.” New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito stated in a statement that she is "deeply disturbed" by the domestic violence claim and motioned for Major League Baseball to begin an investigation.

Major League Baseball became aware of the situation Tuesday afternoon and is looking into the matter. Major League Baseball is no stranger to domestic violence incidents involving their players. Just this past year,Aroldis Chapman, Hector Olivera and Familia's teammate Jose Reyes were suspended under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.

Chapman was suspended for 30 games, Olivera was suspended 82 games, and Reyes was suspended for 51 games.


Jeurys Familia had an all-star season this past year and represented the Mets at the 2016 MLB all-star game. Familia played in 78 games and saved 51 games for the New York Mets. The New York Mets open the season on April 3, 2017 against the Atlanta Braves.

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