An ex-girlfriend of New York Mets infielder Jose Reyes has sued the four-time All-Star for child support for their seven-year-old daughter, Liyah, the New York Daily News' Christian Red reported Tuesday.
A court date is scheduled for March 22, but the lawyer representing the plaintiff, Christina Sanchez, told Red he doesn't expect Reyes to attend as the 33-year-old continues spring training with the Mets.
It's also the same date as the 2017 World Baseball Classic final, should Reyes and the Dominican Republic advance that far into the tournament.
Steven Gildin, Sanchez's lawyer, argued Reyes has been an absentee father:
The law says that you should get 17 percent of the annual income. It's not about the money, however. We would take less if Reyes did the right thing and be a daddy to his daughter. Jose and his wife and three daughters live in a $7 million mansion. They are together and have love and the daughters have any financial item one could desire.
Reyes and his wife, Katherine Ramirez, married in 2008. According to Page Six's Emily Smith, Gildin said Reyes stopped supporting Liyah financially in 2015 and ceased communication with Sanchez after Ramirez learned of their previous relationship.
In October 2015, Hawaiian authorities arrested Reyes after he allegedly grabbed Ramirez by the throat and shoved her into a sliding glass door. Prosecutors dropped the case in March 2016 after Ramirez declined to cooperate in the investigation.