The New York Mets were hit with some shocking news on Wednesday when it was announced that top outfield prospect Khalil Lee was under investigation by Major League Baseball due to allegations of assault from his former girlfriend.
A story was recently released detailing the allegations against Lee, revealing that his ex-girlfriend is filing a lawsuit and has accused him of choking her in Syracuse, New York.
The Mets have been made aware of the allegations against their top prospect and released a statement on the matter, commenting that they will fully cooperate with MLB in their investigative process.
On Twitter, Andy Martino of SNY posted the Mets’ statement.
Mets statement: “The Mets immediately notified MLB upon becoming aware of the allegations. We will fully comply with MLB’s policy and cannot comment until the completion of the league’s investigative process.”
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) February 1, 2023
This comes just over a week after Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger was accused of domestic violence and child abuse, and less than a month after the Los Angeles Dodgers made their final decision on veteran right-hander Trevor Bauer.
Bauer was released and is still serving a suspension, while no discipline has been handed out to Clevinger yet.
But MLB made an example out of Bauer by giving him a 324-game suspension, which was ultimately cut back to 194 games.
They also suspended Marcell Ozuna for the remainder of the 2021 season after he was arrested for domestic violence.
If the allegations are true, then Lee may end up serving a hefty suspension just as Bauer currently is.
It’s also bad news for the Mets, who had viewed Lee as somebody who could eventually earn a spot on the big-league roster and as a key piece in their outfield puzzle.NEXT: Mets GM Offered Several Starling Marte Updates