Four-time All-Star José Reyes is under intense pressure today after a woman who claims he is the father of her 7-year-old child gave an interview to Page Six in which she claimed the legendary Mets infielder “cruelly abandoned our daughter... and she is crying out for her father.”
Christina Sanchez, a model and TV presenter, told Page Six in an exclusive interview that she had a two-year relationship with the 2011 National League batting champion that only came to an end when she read in the paper that he had married his current wife, Katherine.
Sanchez says she found out she was pregnant with her daughter Liyah a few weeks after his wedding.
It was reported by Page Six that Sanchez is taking Reyes to court in Nassau County, and could seek up to $5m a year in child support.
Reyes initially offered a small amount of support for Liyah, Page Six says, but allegedly cut off all contact when his wife found out about his secret family in 2015.
Sanchez, 31, told Page Six: “I thought that José loved me, but when I learned he had got married to a woman he had told me he was separated from, I was hurt and disgusted.”
She said that when she found out she was pregnant, “I felt confused and scared. He was angry and told me I had to keep our daughter secret, he didn’t want his wife to find out. I was brainwashed, but went along with it because I just wanted to keep my daughter’s father in her life.”
As the realtionship broke down, however, Sanchez blasted Reyes on Twitter, writing, “You’re a worthless piece of s**t father to our child... Liyah just asked about you again & I had to explain to her that it’s a cruel world we live in. You are a cruel man!”
Reyes’s attorney told Page Six that Reyes has “more than met his obligations,” adding, “It is unfortunate that the other side has chosen to deal with this in this manner.”
Reyes, who has three daughters with his wife, was handed a 52-game suspension last year after he was arrested and accused of grabbing Katherine by the throat on Oct. 31, 2015, in Wailea, Hawaii.
In March 2016, just days before Reyes was due to stand trial, prosecutors dismissed the domestic abuse charges on the grounds that his wife was refusing to cooperate as a witness.