The mother of Jose Reyes’ secret love child just wants the Mets legend to step up to the plate — and be a better dad.
Christina Sanchez, the mother the of infielder’s 7-year-old daughter, said that while Reyes told her to keep their relationship and their child, Liyah, a secret for years, she is no longer staying quiet.
She told the Daily News Wednesday that Liyah is distraught because she only sees her father on TV, and that the young girl wants to know her three half-sisters, the children that Reyes has with his wife.
“(Liyah) wants to meet her sisters. That’s all I want,” said Sanchez. “I’m not in love with (Reyes). I don’t care to ever be with him.”
Sanchez said she was so distraught over the years that she even tried to reach out to Reyes’ wife to broker a peace. She said both Reyes and wife Katherine Ramirez “shunned me.”
“I reached out to her via Facebook. I sent her a really nice message. I said, ‘Listen, what happened. It was the past.’(Reyes) lied to me. He lied to her. I didn’t put two and two together that he really didn’t give a crap about me,” Sanchez said. “I was just a side whatever. He doesn’t care about me. Look at the way he treats our daughter.”
The single mom also thinks it’s possible that Reyes’ arrest on domestic abuse charges could be related to his “abandon(ing) our child,” she told The News.
The 33-year-old switch-hitting, Dominican-born Reyes is married to Ramirez, and the couple has three daughters. On Oct. 31, 2015, Reyes was arrested in Maui and charged with domestic abuse.
“There could be, I think so,” Sanchez said when asked if there was a connection.
She thinks the violence may have stemmed from Ramirez discovering that Reyes was paying her child support — which she says soon dried up.
Sanchez — who is suing the star base-stealer — said she tried to shield their daughter from news of his arrest.
Reyes’ criminal case was eventually dropped after Ramirez refused to cooperate with Hawaii prosecutors, but Major League Baseball handed down a 52 game suspension.
“I felt bad. I felt sad — sad for (Reyes’ wife) and him. It’s unfortunate that this even has to happen,” said Sanchez. “I tried to protect (Liyah) from that. I’ve never seen that kind of behavior (from Reyes). People have their good times and their bad times. I don’t know what goes on in his private life with his wife, but I can’t say he’s ever hit me.”
In the court documents, Sanchez says Reyes has a net worth “no less than $65,000,000.”
“He has three children other than the one of this case who are cared for (sic) him financially on a much differently (sic) level than the child we have in common. Our daughter should be treated the same as his other children, not as inferior,” reads the court filing.
“Reyes has $65 million in assets, and he’s giving Christina pennies on the dollar,” said Steven Gildin, Sanchez’s attorney.
Sanchez, who said she met Reyes in 2007 in Philadelphia when she was hosting a local Spanish-speaking sports show, said she has a “budding” career as a singer/songwriter, but that she has to juggle being a single mom. In addition to Liyah, she has a 14-year-old daughter from another relationship.
It’s a far cry from the days when she said Reyes would fly her around the country to root him on in baseball games. Sanchez said Reyes even flew her down to his native Dominican to meet his parents and sister.
“When you’re an athlete with tons of money, you can do nice things for girls and not really give a sh– about them,” said Sanchez. “It was the first time I ever dated a guy like that — ‘Oh my God, he’s flying me out to Miami.’ I really felt like he cared about me.”
Eric Solotoff, Reyes’ attorney, said Reyes’ legal team is “not going to be litigating this in the press.
“When all of the evidence comes out, it will show that our client has more than met his obligations,” he said. “It is unfortunate that the other side has chosen to deal with this in this manner.”
But Sanchez said she does think there can be a silver lining to the story.
“I think it’s realistic that (Reyes) would get back in our lives,” she said. “I genuinely believe he loves our daughter. I think that eventually he’ll do the right thing.”
Published at Thu, 16 Mar 2017 01:59:50 +0000