FORT LEE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — During her call to police following a domestic violence incident on Halloween, the wife of Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia said her husband was drunk and “going crazy.”
Bianca Rivas, the alleged victim, made several frantic 911 calls to Fort Lee police on Oct. 31 beginning at 2:18 a.m., NJ.com reported.
The following is the exchange between Rivas and a 911 dispatcher:
“My husband had a little bit of alcohol and he’s going crazy,” said Rivas, who was not identified on the recording provided to NJ Advance Media.
Dispatcher: “Your husband is drinking and you’re in a dispute with him?”
Rivas: “Yeah. He’s drunk.”
The 27-year-old closer was arrested and charged with simple assault after police said he caused “bodily injury to another.” He has pleaded not guilty to the charge, which carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail, a $1,000 fine and two years of probation.
Familia, an All-Star in 2016, could face a suspension from Major League Baseball if he’s found to have violated its domestic violence policy. Commissioner Rob Manfred has said the league is investigating.
The Dominican Republic native set a franchise record with 51 saves last season. He’s due back in court Dec. 15.
Familia was one of several New York sports figures who appear in the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s new “#NotAFan” campaign sponsored by Mark-Viverito. In one public service announcement video, Familia said in Spanish: “I am a fan of baseball. I am a fan of the Mets. I am not a fan of domestic violence.”
All of the ads involving Familia have been pulled.
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