Mets closer Jeurys Familia was “drunk” and “going crazy” the night he was arrested for domestic violence, his wife said in a 911 call.
The audio recording, obtained by NJ.com from the Fort Lee, N.J., Police Department, showed Familia’s wife called 911 several times beginning at 2:18 a.m. on Oct. 31 without speaking until the emergency dispatcher called her back on the seventh try.
“My husband had a little bit of alcohol and is going crazy,” Familia’s wife Bianca Rivas told the dispatcher.
“Your husband is drinking and you’re in a dispute with him?” the dispatcher responded.
“He’s been drinking, a little drunk,” Rivas said.
After police showed up at the apartment Familia, 27, shares with his wife and their son, they noted a scratch on her chest and a bruise on her right cheek. He was arrested and charged with simple assault after causing “bodily injury to another.” He pleaded not guilty at his first appearance at Fort Lee Municipal Court last week.
At the hearing, an attorney for Rivas – the alleged victim – requested a restraining order against Familia be lifted. Rivas was not named at the court hearing.
The two left the hearing together hand-in-hand and later arm-in-arm got into the same car when they left. He is due back in court on Dec. 15 and faces a maximum of six months in jail, a $1,000 fine and two years’ probation.
Whether the case goes forward or not, Familia is very likely looking at a suspension to begin next season. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said last week that the league would let the legal process play out, but he would be able to suspend Familia with pay even if the process has not concluded by the beginning of the season.
Jeurys Familia is due back in a Fort Lee, N.J., court on Dec. 15.
If the MLB’s investigation finds any of these charges to be true, regardless of the legal process, Familia could be suspended without pay.
The Mets know that all too well.
Jose Reyes re-signed with the Mets last June after serving a 52-games suspension under MLB and the Players’ Association’s joint domestic violence policy. Reyes lost over $7 million during the suspension, donated $100,000 to a domestic violence prevention charity and was released by the Rockies after the Oct. 31, 2015 incident involving his wife which resulted in his arrest. Reyes’ wife refused to cooperate with the prosecution and the charges against him were dismissed.
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