Jeurys Familia's Charges Dropped Following Arrest on Domestic Violence Charge

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Jul 27, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts as he heads to the dugout during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
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New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia was arrested Oct. 31 on a domestic violence charge.

Per Andrew Wyrich and Abbott Koloff of the Record on Nov. 1, authorities in Fort Lee, New Jersey, filed a complaint against Familia alleging the pitcher caused "bodily injury to another" and that they noticed a chest scratch and bruise on the right cheek of the victim.

Familia pleaded not guilty through his attorney Nov. 10, according to Jim Baumbach of Newsday. On Dec. 15, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reported the assault charges were dismissed in a New Jersey court and that Familia would not face any more criminal proceedings.

The New York Post's Joel Sherman tweeted Dec. 15 that "MLB officials say their investigation into Familia case continues even after dismissed in court." On Thursday, ESPN.com's Adam Rubin noted that "[Mets general manager] Sandy Alderson said he is unaware when MLB will make a final verdict on a Jeurys Familia suspension, but the Mets are planning for the event that they will be without his services for a period of time."

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reported Dec. 16 that "industry sources believe that Familia will still face a suspension of at least 30 games."

Cathy Fleming, the alleged victim's lawyer, originally said Nov. 10 that she would be dropping the charges, according to Mike Vorkunov of the New York Times. Baumbach also reported Nov. 18 the alleged victim asked authorities to drop the charge against Familia.

On Nov. 16, Maria Guardado of NJ.com reported a 911 call from Familia's wife alleged he was "drunk" and "going crazy." Ken Davidoff of the New York Daily News confirmed Nov. 17 that Familia hired attorney Jay Reisinger to defend him. Reisinger represented Aroldis Chapman in his domestic violence case last year.

The Mets issued a brief statement included in Wyrich and Koloff's report: "The matter was brought to our attention, and we are monitoring the situation."

The name of the victim in the case was redacted in court papers Wyrich and Koloff obtained.

In the complaint filed, officers noted they had probable cause "to believe that domestic violence had occurred."

An anti-domestic violence group Familia represented cut ties with the pitcher after the arrest, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. New York City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito released a statement regarding the news:

I am deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jeurys Familia and call on MLB to launch an immediate and thorough investigation. We created #NotAFan so fans can communicate that domestic violence is absolutely unacceptable and to give a voice to fans who didn't have one before. I will be reaching out to the Mets and the Familia ads will be removed from the campaign. Last week it was Josh Brown this week it's Familia. The problem is rampant. The solution is to confront it.

Familia was charged with simple assault in the complaint. Chief Keith Bendul of the Fort Lee Police Department said officers responded to a call regarding a dispute at a Park Avenue apartment after 2 a.m., though he did not offer specific details regarding the situation or parties involved.

Familia recently completed his third full season for the Mets. He led the National League with 67 games finished and 51 saves during the 2016 regular season.

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