NY Mets 1986 World Series Hero and Washington Nationals pre-game sportscaster Charles Ray Knight was arrested at his home early Sunday morning and charged with assault and battery.
If you happen to watch Nats Xtra on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, or followed the New York Mets during their historic 1986 World Series run, then you know Charles Ray Knight. Maybe you know him by name, or maybe he was just the guy who was always getting into fights. Well, that personality and penchant for fighting has followed him now three decades later.
Fairfax County Police were called to Knight’s home early Sunday morning around 4 a.m., responding to a call that a fight was taking place. When they arrived, the officers noticed that Charles Knight and his 33-year-old male acquaintance were both exhibiting physical injuries. Allegedly, an argument between the two men became physical and eventually devolved into violence. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Knight was also transported to the hospital, however, when he was cleared, he wasn’t able to return home. Charles Knight was booked into the Fairfax County detention center.
Growing up, Knight chose boxing and went 17-0 in the junior Golden Gloves. However, when another fighter landed a punch that broke his nose, Knight quit boxing and started focusing on baseball.
Charles Ray Knight is best known for his winning the Most Valuable Player award in the 1986 World Series. But aside from that, he has become known for his brash style, not afraid of getting into another player’s face if he felt slighted. That includes his role in starting a number of bench-clearing brawls.
When the ’86 Mets played the Cincinnati Reds, Reds base-runner Eric Davis successfully stole third base, sliding in before Knight could apply the tag. The slide, however, sent up a plume of dirt and, in Knight’s opinion, was too hard. The two stared each other down and were shoving each other before Knight started throwing punches.
After being traded around the league from team to team, Knight ultimately retired from the game in 1989. He went on to work for the fledgling ESPN channel. Staying away, however, proved to be too difficult, and in 1995, he returned to the game to serve as the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Knight eventually left the game again and settled on broadcasting. Most recently, he has worked as a sportscaster for MASN’s Washington Nationals pre-game and post-game show, Nats Xtra.
At this time, it is unclear whether his arrest will have any impact on his position at MASN. As of mid-day Monday, his biography is still listed on the page for Nats Xtra television personalities.
Following the incident on Sunday, Knight has been charged with assault and battery and released from police custody with a court date set for January 8, 2018.