Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, who was on the verge of being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, is at the center of a domestic violence investigation. The Cuban star allegedly fired multiple gunshots in his garage after an incident with his girlfriend in late October.
The report of Chapman’s involvement in an alleged domestic violence dispute comes from Tim Brown and Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports and includes more jarring details:
The incident started, Chapman’s girlfriend told police, after she went into a bathroom of Chapman’s 10,000-square-foot-plus house and “found something in his phone that she did not like,” according to the report. Chapman, his girlfriend told police, then took the phone from her, the report said. They went to the movie theater inside of Chapman’s home, where “he had pushed her against the wall,” according to the report, and “that Chapman had ‘choked’ her by placing his hands around her neck, but did not prevent her from breathing at any time.” Police did not observe “injuries or even redness anywhere on her neck or chest,” the report said.
Chapman’s girlfriend told police her brother “came into the theater and separated them,” the report said. Chapman’s girlfriend told police she “ran outside because she was scared for her and her daughter,” according to the report. Her daughter was 4 months old, according to the report. While it is unclear whether the child is Chapman’s, he told police after a previous incident that they “had a child in common,” according to a police report.
Chapman told police he wanted to drive away but friends wouldn’t let him, according to the police report. He entered the passenger’s-side door of his Land Rover, punched the window and cut his left pinkie knuckle, the report said. Chapman then said he retrieved the handgun from the glove compartment and locked himself in garage alone. “He then shot several shots inside the garage and threw his pistol away inside the garage,” the report said. Chapman’s driver moved the gun from the garage back into another vehicle, a Cadillac Escalade, according to the report.
Chapman said friends took him into a room and locked the door, according to the police report. When police arrived, others exited the house, the report said. Chapman, according to the report, was the last one out.
Nobody was arrested following the incident “due to conflicting stories and a lack of cooperation from all parties involved,” the report said. Even though Chapman has not been officially charged as of yet, Major League Baseball plans to investigate the incident under its newly formed domestic violence policy. Much like the NFL, any potential discipline would be decided by the commissioner, in this case Rob Manfred.
It’s the last thing that matters right now, but the Chapman trade to the Dodgers seems to be off for now, at least pending the MLB investigation, according to Fox’s Ken Rosenthal.
Source confirms report from Yahoo that Chapman trade is indeed being held up by domestic-violence allegation against Chapman.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 8, 2015
You can read the full police report below.