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.
“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.”
Chapman admitted to firing the shots, seven of which landed in a concrete wall, and one of which went through a window. Police decided not to file charges due to conflicting reports and uncooperative witnesses. Police interviewed several witnesses including Chapman, his girlfriend, her brother, and his driver.
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.
Although police decided not to press charges, MLB still intends to investigate the incident on their own.
In Chapman’s version of the story, he told police he used his index and middle fingers and “poked his girlfriend on the left shoulder and told her not to talk to him like that,” according to the report. He said his girlfriend fell to floor and started yelling, the report said. Chapman told police the girlfriend’s brother came into the room and pushed Chapman to the ground, according to the report. Friends and family, Chapman told police, separated the two so they wouldn’t fight, the report said.
You may view the police report here
It would appear that word of this incident is what held up the trade to the Dodgers. It would also explain part of why Cincinnati was so willing to let go of Chapman quickly and cheaply.