According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, incoming Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman will not be charged over an alleged domestic violence incident in October. Chapman, who turns 28 in February, was accused of attacking his girlfriend over a dispute. He later admitted to finding his handgun and firing off multiple shots in frustration over the dispute.
Under the MLB's new domestic violence policy, Chapman might still be disciplined by the league. However, it is unclear how league officials will proceed, and how the dropped charges will factor in their decision. Fellow stars Yasiel Puig and Jose Reyes have also been accused of involvement in similar incidents, though no decision has been made on either of their cases as of now.
As Hardball Talk's Craig Calcaterra (a former lawyer) noted, one should not immediately jump to the conclusion that nothing happened simply because the police did not press charges. The criminal justice system is "the LOWEST BAR" of judgment--the bare minimum is all they have to prove. It's important to keep that in mind, particularly since the police did not do a good job investigating the scene:
Just got full document re: no charges for Aroldis Chapman. Here’s the conclusions: pic.twitter.com/9M7xAuQAvT— Lindsey Adler (@Lahlahlindsey) January 21, 2016
So the police did not take any names at the scene, and they barely took any information at all, either.
Chapman had a 1.63 ERA over 66.1 innings in 2015, with over 15 strikeouts per nine innings. Due to controversy surrounding the allegations, the Los Angeles Dodgers declined to finalize a deal that would send Chapman out west. We will be sure to keep you updated with any additional information that comes out regarding this case.