Jose Reyes’ legal problems just got a little more complicated, less than a year after the Mets’ infielder finished serving a 52-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.
According to the lawyer for Christina Sanchez, a model and TV host, she has filed suit against Reyes in Nassau County Family Court for child support. Sanchez, according to her lawyer, Steven Gildin, has a 7-year-old daughter, Liyah, with Reyes, but Gildin says that Reyes has been far from an All-Star dad.
“We can sue for child support, but the law doesn’t allow us to sue Reyes for not being a good parent to his child,” Gildin told the Daily News late Monday. “We are suing for financial support, but it would be nice if Christina’s child did not have to grow up without a daddy.”
The 33-year-old switch-hitting, Dominican-born Reyes is married to Katherine Ramirez, and the couple has three daughters. On Oct. 31, 2015, Reyes was arrested in Maui and charged with domestic abuse. Reyes was a member of the Rockies then. But Ramirez refused to cooperate with Hawaii prosecutors and the criminal case was dropped. Reyes was still suspended by MLB because commissioner Rob Manfred has authority to discipline players in domestic abuse cases even if the player is not charged or convicted.
Colorado released Reyes last year, but the Mets signed him after he completed his 52-game suspension. He is scheduled to make $22 million this season.
Gildin said Reyes’ 2015 arrest does raise some concerns for him and his client. “It shows us that this athlete has perhaps a problem, has a habit of treating women poorly,” said Gildin. Reyes had to fulfill certain conditions for joining the Mets, including family counseling. General manager Sandy Alderson told The News last year that Reyes has and continues to meet those obligations.
Gildin said Reyes began seeing less and less of his daughter and has not given Sanchez enough in child support.
“The law says that you should get 17% of the annual income,” said Gildin. “It’s not about the money, however. We would take less if Reyes did the right thing and be a daddy to his daughter. Jose and his wife and three daughters live in a $7 million mansion. They are together and have love and the daughters have any financial item one could desire.”
“My client’s daughter would like to know her three sisters. She would not like to only know her daddy through box scores,” added Gildin. The next court date is scheduled for March 22, but Gildin said Reyes would most likely not be present since he is at spring training.
Published at Tue, 14 Mar 2017 04:38:17 +0000