Last November, Mets' closer Jeurys Familia was arrested after an alleged domestic violence incident involving his wife.

Despite Fort Lee prosecutors dropping the charges, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred still took the opportunity to send a message that the league will not let this go unpunished.

Deadspin points out that MLB’s domestic violence policy, agreed upon in 2105, allows the commissioner to use his discretion in determining a suspension. The suspensions are not contingent on the legal outcome of an incident.

Familia will return to the team for the Apr. 20 home game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The 15-game suspension will cost him 18 days of pay, or about $700,000.

Jeurys Familia
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I think it's great that MLB is taking a stand and punishing Familia despite the charges being formally dismissed. I know it's a gray area, but I think this is a good step towards a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to domestic abuse.

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