FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — A New York Mets pitcher featured in a new anti-domestic violence ad campaign is now facing a domestic violence charge in New Jersey.
A complaint filed by authorities in Fort Lee municipal court alleges that Jeurys Familia caused "bodily injury to another" and that they observed a scratch to the victim's chest and a bruise to the victim's right cheek. It says the 27-year-old Familia — who is identified in the complaint as Jeurys F. Mojica — was arrested early Monday and charged with simple assault. Major League Baseball confirmed Familia's extended last name is Mojica.
The All-Star pitcher, the married father of a year-old boy, serves as the Mets closer.
Familia's agent declined comment on the matter. The Mets issued a statement that said "the matter was brought to our attention and we are monitoring the situation."
The matter was first reported by The Record newspaper.