Mets’ closer charged with do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

Fa­milia caused ‘bod­ily in­jury to an­other’ in com­plaint filed by au­thor­i­ties in Fort Lee, New Jersey on Mon­day

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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.

Gran­der­son wins Cle­mente Award

New York Mets out­fielder Cur­tis Gran­der­son re­ceived base­ball’s big­gest honor for sports­man­ship and com­mu­nity — The Roberto Cle­mente Award.

The 35-year-old Gran­der­son helps run base­ball clin­ics and char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment pro­grams in his home­town Chicago through the Grand Kids Foun­da­tion, which he cre­ated in 2007. He made a $5 mil­lion do­na­tion to UIC for the con­struc­tion of in­door/out­door base­ball fa­cil­ity that opened in 2014.

The three-time All-Star also helps raise money for sev­eral

char­i­ties in New York and has been ac­tive with the Mets’ mil­i­tary ap­pre­ci­a­tion work.

“He re­ally is a de­serv­ing recipient of this great award,” Com­mis­sioner Rob Man­fred said.

Cle­mente, a long­time Hall of Famer for the Pi­rates, died on New Year’s Eve in 1972 while on a char­ter plane that crashed af­ter take­off. The plan was car­ry­ing re­lief aid to Nicaragua fol­low­ing an earth­quake. “What Roberto Cle­mente stood for, his fam­ily is liv­ing proof of what it was to not only be a pro­fes­sional ath­lete, but pro­fes­sional

hu­man be­ing,” Gran­der­son said. “The im­por­tance of know­ing that his com­mu­nity is what made him who he was, and the rea­son why he was able to be where he was, and he never for­got that, whether his com­mu­nity was in Pitts­burgh, where he played, or his home­town where he was able to go back to in the

off­sea­son, or dur­ing the sea­son to help out at any time no mat­ter what was go­ing on.”

Gran­der­son is the fourth player from the Mets to win the award, join­ing Gary Carter (1989), Al Leiter (2000) and Car­los Del­gado (2006). Pi­rates out­fielder An­drew McCutchen was rec­og­nized last year.

KATHY WILLENS — AP FILE

Mets closer Jeurys Fa­milia walks off field af­ter giv­ing up a three-run home run dur­ing New York’s loss in the Na­tional League wild-card game.

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