What Did Reds Know, And When Did They Know It? MLB Investgates Aroldis Chapman Alleged Domestic Violence
Rick Chandler 02:36 pm, December 08th, 2015
Major League Baseball is investigating a report that Aroldis Chapman was allegedly involved in a domestic abuse situation in October in Florida, according to ESPN, and that puts his trade from the Reds to the Dodgers in limbo, among other possible consequences.
The Reds could face serious questions about when they learned of the incident, which reportedly occurred on Oct. 30. Did the organization know of it and then try to trade Chapman anyway?
The alleged incident occurred on Oct. 30 in Davie, FL, where Chapman shares a home with his girlfriend. Police were called to the home by reports of shots fired, and there was a reported altercation between himself and his girlfriend, 22. She says that he choked and pushed her into a wall.
As bad as that is, if true, this is the most troubling part of the report, as far as Chapman's state of mind is concerned:
Chapman, according to the report, said he then retrieved his pistol, locked himself inside his garage, fired "several shots" and threw the pistol away inside the garage. Crime scene investigators later recovered eight shell casings inside the garage.
Chapman's girlfriend said that she fled outside because Chapman was agitated and she feared for her safety.
So the deal with the Dodgers is in limbo -- the team thought that it had acquired baseball's best closer to rebuild its bullpen into a formidable obstacle. But with MLB investigating and possibly suspending Chapman, no deal can yet be made.
Also, this could jeopardize Chapman's free agency. He's scheduled to be eligible to be a free agent for the 2016 season, but still needs at least 138 days of service to get there. If he's suspended for more than 24 games, his free agency is postponed until 2017. ESPN:
"We're in the process of getting all information necessary," Torre said in a press conference.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred can suspend Chapman under the league's new domestic violence policy regardless of whether Chapman is charged or convicted of a crime.
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