911 call: Mets closer Jeurys Familia 'drunk,' 'going crazy' night of arrest

New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia was "drunk" and "going crazy" the night of his arrest on a domestic violence charge last month, according to a 911 call obtained by

"My husband had a little bit of alcohol and he's going crazy," Bianca Rivas, the alleged victim, said in the 2:18 a.m. call to New Jersey's Fort Lee Police on Oct. 31.

Rivas later replied "he's drunk" when asked by the dispatcher if her husband was drinking and if they were in a dispute.

Familia was arrested and charged with simple assault after police noticed his wife's chest was scratched and her cheek bruised. He was released on $1,500 bail.

Familia pleaded not guilty to the charge during a Nov. 10 hearing in Fort Lee Municipal Court, at which time the judge agreed to lift the restraining order that preventedFamilia from having contact with Rivas. The couple, who welcomed their first child in June 2015, departed the courthouse together.

The judge advised Familia that the case can move forward even if the alleged victim chooses not to cooperate with authorities.

If convicted, Familia faces up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine and two years' probation. He is due back in court Dec. 15, according to

Familia was among several New York sports figures who joined a national anti-domestic violence campaign last month. The campaign, done in conjunction with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the New York City Council, was part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

A first-time All-Star in 2016, Familia led the majors with 51 saves. That set a franchise record and became the single-season record for a Dominican-born reliever. Familia recorded 52 straight regular-season saves from Aug. 1, 2015, through July 26 of this past season.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday that he anticipated it would take time for MLB to investigate the case. The league recently has imposed serious penalties for domestic violence incidents.

Information from ESPN's Adam Rubin and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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