Baseball: Jeurys Familia’s arrest part of disturbing development
With Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia being arrested Monday on a domestic violence charge, it continued what has been a recent disturbing development involving several pro sports teams in the area.
As leagues are trying to get stricter with their punishments for violent off-the-field incidents, some local teams have been willing to extend second chances to their players.
This year, the Yankees and Mets acquired players who had been or would be suspended for violating baseball’s domestic violence policy. The Giants re-signed their kicker, Josh Brown, who later was suspended for one game for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Also this summer, the Knicks traded for Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, who recently was found not liable in a civil lawsuit that accused him of sexual assault.
Here’s a look at how these situations have unfolded in what’s been a troubling year for off-the-field incidents:
AROLDIS CHAPMAN: The Yankees acquired the former Cincinnati Reds closer despite knowing he likely would be suspended for violating the domestic violence policy. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said in January the team viewed Chapman as innocent until proven guilty, and no charges were filed against Chapman. He ultimately served a 30-game MLB suspension before the Yankees shipped him to the Chicago Cubs for an elite prospect.
JOSE REYES: The Mets’ infielder served a 52-game suspension after an off-season arrest on domestic violence charges, though the charges eventually were dropped. Reyes, who was with the Colorado Rockies at the time, was released by the club. The Mets made the controversial decision to sign him, wanting to afford him a second chance where he started his major league career. Reyes’ reunion proved to be a good fit for both parties and team officials, and the Mets are expected to pick up his team option for the 2017 season.
JEURYS FAMILIA: The Mets and Major League Baseball still are gathering details about Familia’s arrest, but a suspension appears likely. The Mets already have shown they are willing to give a second chance to players who have been suspended after violating the domestic violence policy, but this would open them to questions as to how much tolerance they have for such matters. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred can hand down a suspension he feels fit, even if the charges are dropped.
JOSH BROWN: The Giants re-signed Brown despite knowing about his arrest and domestic violence allegations, and co-owner John Mara said in August they were comfortable with the decision. Brown was suspended by the NFL for one game, the season opener at Dallas. But as new details emerged that he admitted to abusing his former wife, the Giants recently parted ways with the kicker. Mara said in a statement the team was misguided in its actions, and it’s possible Brown may not play again in the NFL.
DERRICK ROSE: The Knicks acquired the former NBA MVP knowing of the civil lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault, and the point guard missed more than two weeks during the preseason to attend his trial. Rose was found not liable in the lawsuit, and since has resumed playing with the Knicks. His teammates have been supportive, and Adidas will continue to use him as a spokesperson.