FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was drunk and "going crazy," his wife said in a call to police early Halloween morning before he was charged with assaulting her.
Bianca Rivas made several frantic 911 calls to Fort Lee police on Oct. 31, beginning at 2:18 a.m., NJ.com reported (http://bit.ly/2f7e2OY ) Wednesday.
"My husband had a little bit of alcohol, and he's going crazy," Rivas said in the recording, according to excerpts of a transcript published by NJ.com. Identifying information had been removed from the transcript given to NJ.com.
A dispatcher later asked Rivas if her husband was drinking and if she was having a dispute with him. Rivas replied, "He's drunk."
The 27-year-old relief pitcher was arrested and charged with simple assault after police said he injured his wife, causing a scratch to her chest and a bruise to her right cheek.
Familia pleaded not guilty to the assault charge last week and left the court with his wife. The charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail, a $1,000 fine and two years of probation.
The judge also lifted a restraining order against Familia.
Familia, an All-Star in 2016, could face a Major League Baseball suspension if he's found to have violated its domestic violence policy. League commissioner Rob Manfred said last week the league is investigating.
The Dominican Republic native set a franchise record with 51 saves last season. He previously was involved in an ad campaign for an anti-domestic violence group, which has since ended its relationship with him.
Familia is expected in court on Dec. 15.
Information from: NJ.com, http://www.nj.com