New York Mets Legend Ray Knight Charged with Assault

FLUSHING, NY - OCTOBER 27: Third baseman Ray Knight
FLUSHING, NY - OCTOBER 27: Third baseman Ray Knight /

Ray Knight may be a legendary figure in New York Mets history, but that may not enough to keep him from jail time. The former major leaguer and current analyst was arrested and charged with assault on Sunday.

Although Ray Knight spent only two and a half years with the New York Mets, that was more than enough time to cement his status in team history. A solid player, he became a key contributor in the 1986 World Series, scoring the winning run on Mookie Wilson‘s infamous ground ball, and winning the MVP award.

After his playing career, Knight moved on to coaching, and was the manager of his former team, the Cincinnati Reds, for two seasons. Afterwards, he moved on into television, working for ESPN before joining MASN as an analyst for Washington Nationals games.

However, even Knight’s legendary status could not shield him from the long arm of the law. He was arrested early Sunday morning after police arrived as his home following reports of a fight. The former All Star was arrested at the scene, and charged with assault and battery. He is set to go to trial in January.

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According to reports, both Knight and the unnamed 33 year old suffered obvious injuries from the scuffle. They were each taken to a nearby hospital for treatment before being released, after which Knight was booked for his assault charge.

Considering that both parties had injuries, it is possible that Knight could claim self defense. Of course, one has to wonder why a 33 year old would be fighting a 64 year old former major leaguer in the first place. It is certainly a strange story, and probably a part of a bigger personal situation.

Naturally, details of minimal. Aside from the report from the police, little other information has come out. Both Knight and MASN have declined comment, meaning that we may not get any more information until his hearing next year.

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Ray Knight may have become a legend for the New York Mets, but those days have long since passed. Even then, his legal issues would not have gone away.