The reports continue to surface about what the Dodgers might do with Aroldis Chapman, who they (kind of) acquire Monday only to find out he’s in the middle of an MLB investigation regarding a domestic incident that took place October 30.
Tuesday afternoon, it seems the Dodgers still have no idea how best to handle this situation. Honestly, it’s hard to tell if anyone does.
Everyone involved claims to have had no idea Chapman had any such issue…
reds, mlb and of course dodgers said to have been blindsided yesterday by chapman alleged incident
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 8, 2015
Then, from the Dodgers’ perspective:
This is by no means whatsoever a black or white issue as of right now. Eventually, once the MLB investigation has taken place, we might finally have some clarity on how everyone might move forward. Even the MLB is washing their hands of what the Reds and Dodgers can and should do, according to a couple reports. It doesn’t sound good for the Reds, though, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi’s report Tuesday morning.
* The Reds will face serious questions about their handling of Chapman and overall front-office practices under president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty and general manager Dick Williams. The worst-case scenario is that the Reds knew about the incident and tried to trade Chapman anyway, knowing full well that the clock probably was ticking toward a public-relations catastrophe.
Yeah. Suffice it to say that wouldn’t be good.
Here’s where the Dodgers’ situation becomes even tougher: according to the mutually-bargained domestic violence policy, commissioner Rob Manfred can only act upon conviction. In Chapman’s case, charges weren’t even pressed.
While there will undoubtedly be public pressure on the league to act on what has become one of the hottest topics in sports and a huge part of the fan base would feel alienated by the decision to acquire a second player dealing with this kind of controversy, the Dodgers must weigh their options.
Were Chapman’s alleged actions disgusting if the police report holds truth? Of course. If he isn’t suspended for them, though, some other team will make a move for him. That’s how these things work.
Just ask the Dallas Cowboys. One would have to imagine the meeting Joel Sherman mentioned above will discuss that issue at-length.