New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey’s failure to turn up to a game on Saturday was sparked over pictures of his supermodel girlfriend cozying up to her ex at a ritzy gala, it has been claimed.
Harvey was reportedly distraught on May 2 after seeing pictures of his rumored flame, Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima, attending Rihanna’s Met Gala after-party with New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, according to Page Six.
The 35-year-old Brazilian model has been seen canoodling with Harvey in recent weeks – not long after she and Edelman reportedly split up.
But Lima and Edelman were reportedly ‘flirty’ at the star-studded Manhattan event on May 2 .
The pair were seen arriving together in a limousine – with paparazzi photographers eager to get a snapshot.
Not only did Harvey have to endure the pain of seeing Lima together with her old flame, but he also discovered that she had unfollowed him on Instagram shortly after the event, according to Page Six.
The painful realization that it was over between him and Lima was apparently too much to bear for ‘the Dark Knight’.
‘Adriana’s relationship with Matt was never serious,’ a source told Page Six.
‘They are no longer seeing each other.’
‘Adriana-gate’ set in motion a chain of events that led to Harvey being suspended by his team.
The pitcher admitted to partying until the early morning hours of Saturday in a press conference on Tuesday, apologizing to his teammates and the public.
Just a few hours later, he was back in the dugout with his team, hiding his face from the fans behind a blue team hoodie.
‘First off, as I just did with my teammates and all the coaches, I apologized for my actions and I do apologize for my actions,’ said the laconic pitcher.
‘Obviously I’m extremely embarrassed by my actions.’
He then said: ‘Yes, I was out on Friday night, past curfew. I did play golf Saturday morning and I put myself in a bad place to be ready to show up for a ballgame.
‘It is my responsibility and I take full blame for that.’
Harvey closed out by saying people make mistakes before adding: ‘I should be doing is putting myself in a better place to perform physically.’
He was suspended by the Mets after failing to show up to Saturday’s game, despite the fact that he was not scheduled to pitch.
Harvey, 28, was also ordered to pay a fine of $82,219, which is just a fraction of the $5.1million he is set to receive this year.
The pitcher reportedly has no problem with the fine, but was initially angry about the suspension, claiming he notified Mets officials he would not be at the game when he woke up Saturday afternoon with a migraine.
Harvey gave his version of events to FanRag, claiming that he woke up Saturday feeling fine and went out golfing with some friends in the morning.
He then returned home and had lunch, he said, before laying down and waking up with a migraine.
Harvey claims he then texted officials and went back to bed, only to be awoken at 10pm by Mets security at his door.
The team claims the men were sent to check on Harvey’s well being, while the former All-Star player says the men grilled him after he opened the door in his pajamas.
It’s not the first time Harvey has been punished by the Mets for his behavior. He missed a mandatory team workout before the 2015 playoffs and was fined.
In his first season after having a rib removed during surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, the 28-year-old Harvey is 2-2 with a 5.14 ERA in six starts covering 35 innings.
He is coming off two of the worst starts of his career, allowing 12 runs over 9 2/3 innings with eight walks in a pair of losses to Atlanta.
‘I just hope that (Harvey) is fine and that he comes back ready to pitch and ready to help us win games,’ said outfielder Jay Bruce.
‘We will welcome Matt back when he gets back and continue moving forward.’