Yanks’ Aroldis Chapman Suspended 30 Days For Domestic Abuse, Won’t Appeal
Last October, Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman was involved in a domestic abuse incident with his girlfriend at his home in Davie, Florida. Today, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred handed down Chapman’s punishment for his involvement in the matter. That punishment is a 30-game suspension, which the former Reds closer will not appeal.
According to the report from the incident, Chapman and his girlfriend began arguing after she “found something on his phone that she did not like.” At one point, Chapman’s girlfriend claimed he put his hand around her neck and pinned her against a wall. After the two were broken up by family members who were also in the house, Aroldis retreated to the garage, where he fired off eight shots with a pistol he retrieved from his Range Rover—seven shots hit the concrete, and one went through a window and into an open field.
Chapman was not charged in the incident, as witnesses were uncooperative and his girlfriend did not have any noticeable injuries.
Here’s a look at Chapman’s statement after hearing the news about his suspension (via ESPN):
“Today, I accepted a 30 game suspension from Major League Baseball resulting from my actions on October 30, 2015,” Chapman said in a statement. “I want to be clear, I did not in any way harm my girlfriend that evening. However, I should have exercised better judgment with respect to certain actions, and for that I am sorry. The decision to accept a suspension, as opposed to appealing one, was made after careful consideration. I made this decision in an effort to minimize the distractions that an appeal would cause the Yankees, my new teammates and most importantly, my family. I have learned from this matter, and I look forward to being part of the Yankees’ quest for a 28th World Series title. Out of respect for my teammates and my family, I will have no further comment.”
Aroldis Chapman is the first player to be suspended under the MLB’s new domestic violence policy. Jose Reyes and Yasil Puig are also involved in cases being investigated by the league this offseason. No word yet on the results of those investigations.
After joining the Yankees via a trade with the Cincinnati Reds in January, Chapman will now have his debut in pinstripes pushed back to May.
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