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Jeurys Familia arrested on domestic violence charge

Jeurys Familia of the New York Mets walks

Jeurys Familia of the New York Mets walks off the mound after the ninth inning of the National League Wild Card Game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 at Citi Field. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Mets closer Jeurys Familia has had his next appearance in Fort Lee Municipal Court on a domestic violence charge postponed until Nov. 10 at his request, according to the court.

Municipal court judge John DeSheplo will be presiding over the case.

Familia, who recently starred in an anti-domestic violence public service campaign, was arrested on a domestic violence charge Monday in Fort Lee, New Jersey, according to a court document obtained by Newsday.

Police allege in the complaint filed with Fort Lee Municipal Court that Familia, 27, caused “bodily injury to another” person and cited a scratch on the chest and a bruise to the right cheek. The victim’s name is redacted from the document.

Familia’s name on the complaint is listed as Jeurys F Mojica, but his birth date is the same as what’s on his official Major League Baseball player profile. Familia also uses Mojica as his last name on his Facebook page.

The Mets said in a statement, “The matter was brought to our attention and we are monitoring the situation.” A Major League Baseball spokesman added, “We are aware and investigating the facts.”

Fort Lee police did not respond to Newsday’s requests for information regarding the arrest. Fort Lee police chief Keith Bendul told the Record of North Jersey that police responded to a call regarding “a dispute” at an apartment on Park Avenue at 2:22 a.m. Monday.

Familia has been living with his wife, Bianca, and 1-year-old son, Jeurys Jr., in a Fort Lee apartment, according to recent newspaper stories. Public records also show that Familia’s wife has an address on Park Avenue, where police were said to have responded.

The complaint obtained by Newsday says Familia appeared in Fort Lee Municipal Court at 7 a.m. Monday, was released on bail set at $1,500 and was ordered to not have any contact with the victim.

Attempts to reach Familia were unsuccessful.

Familia last month appeared in a video for an anti-domestic violence campaign run by National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Mark-Viverito said in a statement on Tuesday that she is “deeply disturbed” by the allegations against Familia and called on MLB “to launch an immediate and thorough investigation.”

In his video for the anti-domestic violence campaign, Familia dons his Mets uniform and prepares to pitch at Citi Field. In Spanish, he says, “I’m not a fan of domestic violence.” Other New York sports figures in the campaign include Yankees manager Joe Girardi and former Knick John Starks.

Mark-Viverito said Familia’s ads will be removed from the campaign’s website “Last week it was Josh Brown, this week it’s Familia,” she said, referring to the former Giants kicker. “The problem is rampant. The solution is to confront it.”

Ruth M. Glenn, executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, said in a statement, “Though we are troubled that yet again a prominent sports figure was arrested for domestic violence, we insist the New York Mets to remain committed in their stance against domestic violence and to adhere to the Major League Baseball’s policy on domestic violence.

Familia’s arrest also will provide another test for Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, unveiled in August 2015 after negotiations with its Players Association.

Among the players who have been suspended under the policy is Familia’s teammate, Jose Reyes. Then a member of the Colorado Rockies, Reyes was suspended without pay for the first 51 games of the 2016 season in the wake of his arrest on a domestic violence charge last offseason.

Police at the time said Reyes shoved his wife into a door in a Hawaii hotel. Reyes pleaded not guilty and the charges were dropped because prosecutors said Reyes’ wife declined to cooperate. Reyes was released by the Rockies after his suspension ended and signed with the Mets on June 25.

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