New York Mets Pitcher Suspended 15 Games For Violating The MLB Domestic Violence Policy
New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia received a 15-game suspension without pay from the commissioner’s office on Wednesday for violating the MLB’s domestic violence policy.
Familia was arrested last October when police responded to a call from his wife, Bianca Rivas, at their home in New Jersey. The case against Familia was eventually dropped when Rivas refused to testify, but a police report said Rivas had scratches on her neck and bruised cheek when the incident occurred.
According to the New York Post, both Familia and Rivas contended the scratches were caused by their son and the bruise to her cheek came from a bedroom door hitting her.
The Mets’ closer agreed to sit out for the first 15 games of the baseball season beginning Monday April 4 through April 19 if all games are played as scheduled. He will lose 18 days of pay (over $700,000) during his suspension.
“With all that has been written and discussed regarding this matter, it is important that it be known that I never physically touched, harmed or threatened my wife that evening,” Familia said in a statement on Wednesday. “I did, however, act in an unacceptable manner and am terribly disappointed in myself. I am alone to blame for the problems of that evening.”
“My wife and I cooperated fully with Major League Baseball’s investigation, and I’ve taken meaningful steps to assure that nothing like this will ever happen again. I have learned from this experience, and have grown as a husband, a father, and a man,” Familia added.
“Mr. Familia and his wife cooperated fully throughout the investigation, including submitting to in-person interviews with MLB’s Department of Investigations,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.
“The evidence reviewed by my office does not support a determination that Mr. Familia physically assaulted his wife, or threatened her or others with physical force or harm, on October 31, 2016. Nevertheless, I have concluded that Mr. Familia’s overall conduct that night was inappropriate, violated the Policy, and warrants discipline.”