Shortly after The New York Yankees cashed in on reports of a domestic violence claim against Aroldis Chapman, Broward County Assistant State Attorney Stefanie Newman wrote in a memo Wednesday that due to conflicting accounts and insufficient evidence that a conviction was unlikely so charges against Chapman would not be pursued. Davie, Florida police had previously closed the case on the incident that occurred on October 30th. for similar reasons. MLB claims to be investigating and has the ability to discipline Chapman regardless of legal charges under it’s new domestic violence policy. Do not hold your breath for this to occur anytime soon as MLB is still investigating the Cardinals for hacking, are still investigating separate cases involving Yasiel Puig and Jose Reyes, and just begun investigations into Yu Darvish’s possible connections to his bother’s gambling ring.
Chapman is expected to be suspended for the start of the season under MLB’s new domestic violence policy, which was implemented toward the end of last year. But Joe Girardi already has named him the Yankees’ closer for 2016 — bumping Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances into setup roles — amid a public outcry from New York politicians and women’s advocacy groups.
“I understand it’s a very sensitive subject, as rightfully it should be,” Steinbrenner said. “But we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Very touching sentiments Mr.Steinbrenner.
Good Police work there.
Prosecutors only “became aware of the incident after receiving several inquiries from various media sources in early December 2015,” according to the memo. It was presented to them for review on Dec. 9, two days after the story broke.