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Aroldis Chapman trade delayed by alleged choking incident with girlfriend

Aroldis Chapman

A trade of Aroldis Chapman by the Cincinnati Reds to the Los Angeles Dodgers has been put on hold after a police incident involving the closer and his girlfriend came to light.

Yahoo Sports reports that MLB is investigating the alleged incident, which so far has not resulted in charges.

According to a police report obtained by Yahoo, Chapman and his girlfriend got into a fight at the closer’s Florida home in October. The two tell different stories.

Chapman’s girlfriend apparently became angry over something she found on his phone. She claimed to police that Chapman put his hands around her neck inside the movie theater in the home and that she ran outside the home to escape as she feared for her safety.

Chapman told police he poked her in the shoulder with his fingers. He described the girlfriend’s brother and girlfriend as the aggressors.

As Chapman’s girlfriend ran outside the home and hid, she called police. Chapman apparently went to his car and wanted to drive away, but friends and family wouldn’t let him. He apparently then cut his hand punching his car window, grabbed a gun, went inside his garage and fired multiple shots into a concrete wall.

Yahoo Sports reports the situation as this:

“When police arrived at his house, they established a perimeter around it and called Chapman’s phone eight times, each of which kicked to voicemail, according to the report. Eventually, Chapman exited the front of the house and spoke with police, the report said.”

No charges have been filed due to inconsistent stories, uncooperative witnesses and a lack of physical injuries.

Police previously were called to Chapman’s home about a possible burglary in early October. Chapman’s girlfriend told police the two had been dating but recently broke up. They share a child together. Chapman was involved in another similar burglary matter three years ago, but the woman was charged with filing a false police report.

Players who commit domestic violence can be subject to discipline by MLB.


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