NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton were reluctant to bring up the latest Matt Harvey story on Friday.

Ultimately they decided to touch on it, but not because Harvey was at The Gilded Lily in Manhattan early Thursday morning when his friends got in a fight with another group over a girl, according to the New York Post.

Instead, the WFAN co-hosts wanted to take some time to praise the rehabbing Mets ace for having the smarts to get out of there once the fists went flying.

“That story is not being told anywhere — and it should be,” Carton said.

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The 25-year-old Harvey, who has had his share of minor yet public missteps, made a quick exit when someone “lunged at him and his group,” setting off the brawl, a witness told the Post.

A Harvey representative told the paper it “was an unfortunate incident” and said the pitcher “was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

“Good for him,” said Esiason, a former pro athlete himself. “I’ve been in similar situations at his age. You go out and knuckleheads are all over the place. Everybody’s fueling the fire with late-night drinks and everything else, and everybody’s got tough-guy muscles. He did the smart thing.”

Harvey made an appearance later Thursday at the MLB Fan Cave in Manhattan.

“I guess having a life outside of baseball is sometimes not OK,” said Harvey, who’s had some dustups with the Mets over interviews and social media postings. “I just live my life. I enjoy going to Rangers games, I enjoy going to Knicks games. I’m a big sports fan. Obviously going to games is something that I’m not going to change doing.”

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