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.