New York Mets' closer Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games by Major League Baseball after being arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge that was dismissed earlier this offseason, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
The official announcement is set to be released Wednesday, Commissioner Rob Manfred met with Familia on Monday to discuss the incident. This incident took place October 31 in Fort Lee, NJ, after Familia allegedly caused a scratch to the chest and a bruise to the right cheek of his wife, Bianca Rivas. The complaint filed at the time stated that Fort Lee officer Tony Pickens "found probable cause to believe that domestic violence had occurred."
The misdemeanor simple-assault charge was dropped in December, according to ESPN.com. After a judge accepted a recommendation by the prosecutor that it be dismissed. Rivas did not want to case to be pursued after meeting with the prosecutor.
The suspension will mean that Familia will forfeit 18 days of pay, which include off-days that will equal up to $700,000 he will lose. Familia has accepted his losses and has already done 12 90-minute sessions of counseling, along with some charity work and giving back to the community. If Familia were to get a suspension up to 31 games it would of delayed him to hit free agency after this season.
A suspension like Familia’s brings back other occurrences of other MLB players such Jose Reyes last year, he received a whomping 52-game suspension to begin the 2016 season after an incident with his wife in Hawaii. Where Reyes wife dropped the charges after his wife declined to cooperate with prosecutors.
Just last year, New York Yankees' closer Aroldis Chapman received a 30-game suspension because of domestic violence policies last March. This kind of trend is telling us that when is this madness going to stop? What is it going to take for not just MLB but all of professional sports to stop all of this domestic violence because suspensions of 20-25% of the season is just not cutting it at all?
You see a player like Familia who just had a fantastic 2016 season put his career in jeopardy with an act like this, where this first-time all-star thrived in the ninth inning leading the majors with 51 saves last season which set a single season record for Dominican-born relievers. Overall, younger players need to learn from acts like this and Major League Baseball might need to up the ante on suspensions if domestic abuse like this continues.