MIDTOWN — City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia will be removed from an anti-domestic violence campaign she spearheaded following his arrest for alleged domestic abuse in New Jersey.
“I am deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jeurys Familia and call on MLB to launch an immediate and thorough investigation. We created #NotAFan so fans can communicate that domestic violence is absolutely unacceptable and to give a voice to fans who didn’t have one before," Mark-Viverito said in a statement.
The speaker, who recently announced that she had twice been the victim of sexual abuse by two different individuals on two different occasions between the ages of 5 and 8 while growing up in Puerto Rico, launched #NotAFan to address domestic abuse in professional sports.
Mark-Viverito teamed up with the Yankees, Mets, Knicks, Liberty, Rangers and Cosmos to film the public service announcement. Yankees manager Joe Girardi and former Knicks player John Starks are some of the athletes who appeared in the announcement.
According to The Record of New Jersey, Familia, 27, who made the All-Star team this season, was arrested earlier this week in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
A complaint published by the paper says that Familia "knowingly and recklessly" caused "bodily injury" to another by inflicting a "scratch to the chest and bruise to the right cheek" of the victim whose name is redacted.
The paper also reported that Familia lived with his wife and 1-year-old son in a Fort Lee apartment.
Familia was released on $1,500 bail. Major League Baseball said it is investigating the incident.
In the public service announcement, the Mets star relief pitcher says: "I am not a fan" of domestic violence in Spanish.
"I will be reaching out to the Mets and the Familia ads will be removed from the campaign. Last week it was Josh Brown this week it's Familia. The problem is rampant. The solution is to confront it," said Mark-Viverito referencing the former New York Giants kicker Brown.