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Matt Harvey kinda sorta but not really involved in brawl at New York club


Hours before he refused to apologize for “having a life” outside of baseball, the New York Mets pitcher allegedly was tangentially involved in a brawl at The Gilded Lily, a Manhattan hotspot located in the Chelsea neighborhood.

Harvey apparently was enjoying a night out when a member of his entourage got involved in a scuffle, reports Page Six. Of course, as is often the case with a nightclub tussle, said fight involved a girl. The fact that the supposed fracas occurred at 2:30 in the morning early Thursday only makes the incident all the more typical.

Harvey, who was scheduled to appear at a league event at the MLB Fan Cave on Thursday — which he did, despite the incident, and where he made the “having a life” comments — apparently left the bar after one of the members of his party got in a dustup over a member of the fairer sex.

“Matt was there with friends when a fight broke out over a girl between someone in his group and another group at a nearby table. Matt was right there,” according to an eyewitness. “Somebody lunged at him and his group, he stepped aside and left. Security broke things up.”

A Mets rep said “Matt was not involved in any altercation. Those who were, were escorted out of the venue.” A representative for Harvey added, “It was an unfortunate incident. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

That’s pretty much the source of the battle of wills between Harvey and Mets brass. The team feels the pitcher is in the wrong place at the wrong time all too often, although it’s hardly Harvey’s fault that some bozo member of his entourage elected to mix it up while out with him. At the same time, maybe Harvey should take stock on the kinds of people with whom he hangs out.

After his appearance at the MLB Fan Cave, Harvey was asked about his somewhat pointed comments that came across as a bitter commentary regarding his relationship with the team. Harvey disputed that characterization of his comments, saying that his thoughts were misinterpreted and that everything is all good between him and the team.

“No, absolutely not,” Harvey said, according to the New York Daily News. “There are no issues whatsoever, there never was. If anything was written up about some sort of battle, it was definitely misunderstood.

“I’m very enthusiastic about pitching and coming back and being healthy, my workouts, coming to the field,” Harvey told The News. “That may have been portrayed in the wrong way, an arrogance or something like that. It was just genuinely me being excited about wanting to be around my teammates, wanting to be a good teammate. That’s very important to me.

“As I take that very seriously, I take very seriously being a New Yorker, too, which I see myself as very seriously, whether it’s becoming cultured, in restaurants or plays or things like that. I take very much pride in the city I play in and live in.”

Still, the timing of his comments so shortly after he had a front row seat to a brawl involving one of his buddies likely will cause some hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth at Mets headquarters, whether that’s fair or not.