Emergency call records are showing that New York Mets’ closer Jeurys Familia’s wife called 911 several times on Halloween, leading to his arrest.
NJ.com is reporting that Bianca Rivas, the wife of New York Mets’ closer Jeurys Familia, said on several 911 calls to Fort Lee, NJ police that her husband was “going crazy” and was drunk on Halloween before his arrest. The calls began around 2:18 a.m. and included many calls back by Rivas before police arrived on the scene.
The night ended with the 27-year-old pitcher being taken away in handcuffs.
Familia has officially been charged with the simple assault of Rivas, as police said the star closer caused “bodily injury to another.” He has pleaded not guilty to the charge but, if convicted, could face up to six months in prison.
Jeurys Familia was "drunk" and "going crazy", his wife told police on night of arrest https://t.co/AMIjajefB3
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Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has said that, since the league has the luxury of being in the offseason right now, they’ll wait until the legal process plays itself out a bit more before they make any decisions on whether Familia will receive a suspension or any other sort of repercussions.
The Mets are coming off a second consecutive postseason appearance in 2016. Familia was a major part of that success, contributing a franchise-record 51 saves with a glistening 2.55 ERA. If Familia is to miss any time in 2017 due to his arrest, the Mets would most likely insert Addison Reed into the closer role after he had a career year with a 1.97 ERA and 91 strikeouts over 77.2 innings pitched.