LOS ANGELES, USA – New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia has been arrested on a domestic violence charge after featuring in a new advertising campaign aimed at combating the social scourge, court filings in New Jersey revealed Tuesday, November 1 (Wednesday in Manila).
Familia, an All-Star closer, was arrested at an apartment in the New Jersey town of Fort Lee early Monday.
According to a complaint filed at a court in Fort Lee, Familia is alleged to have caused "bodily injury to another."
His accuser, whose name was redacted from the report, suffered a scratch to the chest and a bruised right cheek.
A police officer cited in the report of the incident "found probable cause to believe that domestic violence had occurred."
Familia lives in Fort Lee with his wife and one-year-old son.
The Mets later said they were aware of the case.
"The matter was brought to our attention and we are monitoring the situation," the Mets said in a statement.
Familia is part of a featured in a new ad campaign to help stop domestic violence, which also includes New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi and other prominent New York-area sports personalities.
Familia, 27, was responsible for saving a career-best 51 games for the Mets this season. However, his season ended on a low note when he conceded a 3-run homer against San Francisco's Conor Gillaspie in the National League wild-card playoff. – Rappler.com