News throughout most of the day surrounding Aroldis Chapman and the Dodgers was filled with excitement, especially Monday morning. Then, in the afternoon, the confusion of the was he/wasn’t he traded to the Dodgers grabbed the headlines.
Now, on Monday night, the news took a very different turn, as now legal ramifications to an incident in his home are now a factor.
This, via Tim Brown and Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, who were able to attain the police report.
Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman allegedly fired eight gunshots in the garage of his Miami-area home following an October argument with his girlfriend in which she told police he “choked” her and pushed her against a wall, according to police reports obtained by Yahoo Sports.
No arrests were made after the incident, in which more than a dozen police officers were dispatched to Chapman’s home in Davie, Fla., around 11 p.m. on Oct. 30.
“I’ve reviewed the facts as portrayed,” Jay Reisinger, Chapman’s attorney, 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.”
This sounds extremely serious, and while the first question fans will have is how it affects the trade (if one is indeed still in the works), the focus should first be on everyone involved. You have to hope everyone is safe.
With that said, there were some rumors about it being the Reds who backed out of the trade or claimed one hadn’t been agreed to. Now, though, one would think the Dodgers will at least pull assets away from the trade if they’re still interested at all.
This story has dominated the Winter Meetings thus far, and this likely will only heighten the interest league-wide.