According to a report by Yahoo! Sports, the reported trade that would have sent closer Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds to the Los Angeles Dodgers has been held up. The snag is not over a failed physical, but a serious domestic-violence allegation against Chapman.
A Florida police report shows that on Oct. 30, more than a dozen officers were dispatched to Chapman’s home in Davie. When they arrived, they found his girlfriend hiding in the bushes after what she said was an argument over something she discovered on his cell phone.
She told police that he had shoved her against a wall and put his hands around her neck, while he said he poked her in the chest. After she fell to the floor, according to Chapman, his girlfriend’s brother attacked him.
Chapman told police he then tried to leave the scene, but was stopped by friends. In frustration, he punched the window of his Land Rover, cutting his hand, and retrieved a handgun from the glove compartment. He said he entered the garage and fired eight shots into a concrete wall, although one went through a window and into an empty field.
Police found no injuries to Chapman’s girlfriend, and chose not to arrest him due to “several inconsistencies in the victim’s statements, as well as the statement from (name of Chapman’s driver redacted) changing several times during the investigation.”
The state attorney’s office decided not to press charges “due to conflicting stories, no cooperating witnesses, and no physical injuries.”
However, Major League Baseball did tell Yahoo! that it will be investigating the incident under its new domestic-violence policy.
“We negotiated a domestic-violence policy and with information like this we would commence an investigation,” a spokesperson said.
The Reds have not commented, but a statement was made by the pitcher’s attorney.
“I’ve reviewed the facts as portrayed,” Jay Reisinger told Yahoo Sports on Monday night. “On behalf of Mr. Chapman, we vehemently deny the allegations as stated. Beyond that, we have no further comment at this time.”