Aroldis Chapman's reported domestic incident raises questions about system

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It’s only fair to wonder whether this news ever would have come out if the Reds were good: Police were called to Aroldis Chapman's Miami-area home in October after he allegedly fired eight gunshots inside his garage following an argument with

his girlfriend, who alleged that the pitcher had choked her and pushed her against a wall.The police report, obtained and posted online by Yahoo Sports on Monday night, is reportedly the reason Chapman was not traded earlier in the day from the rebuilding Reds to the Dodgers, and with Chapman now facing investigation by Major League Baseball — which can punish players for domestic incidents outside the legal system — it is an open question whether he will be dealt at all. That obviously only matters in a baseball framework, as the human story is much more important. MORE: Heinous crimes connected to athletes | Worst December tradesAccording to the police report, Chapman’s girlfriend “advised that Chapman had pushed her against the wall near the movie theater room inside the residence. She then advised she had then exited the room to the bathroom with Chapman’s cell phone. (One of the investigating officers) asked her about the witness account of her running towards Chapman and ‘tackling’ him to the ground. She advised she did not know anything about that. She then advised that she was on the ground with Chapman and then had run out of the theater room. I asked her how she had fallen to the ground and she could not advise. She then said that he had pushed her up against the wall and she then fell to the floor. She then advised that Chapman had ‘choked’ her by placing his hands around her neck, but did not prevent her from breathing at any time. … She then advised she did not want to have any further involvement with the incident and wished to gather her belongings and leave. … Due to several inconsistencies in the victim’s statements, as well as the statement from (redacted) changing several times during the investigation, the case will be forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office for review.”The inconsistency can be seen through the reports of the different police officers on the scene that night, but the report filed by Abel Rivas sheds particular light on the gun becoming involved.“Chapman said he got up and exited the residence,” Rivas wrote in his report. “He wanted to drive away but friends would not let him. He got in the passenger seat of his car and his friend got in the driver’s seat. He then punched the passenger side window with his left fist, creating a laceration to his left pinky knuckle. He then retrieved his pistol from the glove compartment, exited his vehicle and went (and) locked himself in the garage alone. He then shot several shots inside the garage and threw his pistol away inside the garage.”MORE: Dodgers need to deal Puig after latest incident | Reyes pleads not guilty to abuse chargesAs a baseball fan, it immediately jumps out that Chapman punched a window and cut his throwing hand. Again, though he could have done career-ending damage with that action, the real concern is human: this is a man who was firing a gun out of anger inside his garage. Thankfully, nobody was injured, but it’s easy to see where this story could have taken a very different turn.Chapman’s attorney, Jay Reisinger, denied the allegations to Yahoo, but it is clear that something happened to get a dozen police officers to the pitcher’s house. As with Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes’ arrest the same weekend on domestic violence charges, putting Major League Baseball into this kind of light should be enough for discipline — the behavior is reckless and irresponsible, regardless of possible guilt of an actual crime. That is the point of ’s new domestic violence policy, after all, to establish the sport as a place where athletes are held to a higher standard in the public eye.News of Reyes’ arrest took nearly a week to come out, but it was inevitable that it would happen once there was a criminal case against him. Chapman’s incident very well could have vanished into the ether had it not, as Yahoo reported, held up his trade to the Dodgers.That is troubling on a different level — that a dangerous situation for both Chapman and those around him might merely be brushed aside as if it never happened. Regardless of what happens with him on the field, in Cincinnati, Los Angeles or wherever he winds up, all involved can only hope that the incident in October serves as a call to take a hard look at how something like this would happen and how to prevent it — or something far worse — from happening in the future.

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