Last August Major League Baseball instituted a new domestic violence policy. This off-season there have been three cases investigated under it, the most noteworthy involving New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman.
Chapman, who was acquired by the Yankees in January, was being investigated for an incident on October 30 where he is alleged to have choked his girlfriend in his home.
Though no charges were filed against Chapman, the MLB has decided to suspend Chapman for 30 days according to Billy Witz of the New York Times:
BREAKING: Aroldis Chapman suspended 30 games by MLB under domestic violence policy, source. No appeal. Story posting momentarily @nytsports
— Billy Witz (@billywitz) March 1, 2016
Chapman announced that he would not appeal the suspension and in a statement explained why he chose not to via ESPN:
“I want to be clear, I did not in any way harm my girlfriend that evening. However, I should have exercised better judgment with respect to certain actions, and for that I am sorry. The decision to accept a suspension, as opposed to appealing one, was made after careful consideration. I made this decision in an effort to minimize the distractions that an appeal would cause the Yankees, my new teammates and most importantly, my family.”
Chapman’s suspension will begin on Opening Day, but he will be allowed to participate in all spring training and preseason games.
This loss definitely deals a blow to the Yankees, but the possibility of a punishment being handed down on Chapman was there when they acquired him. In fact it was the news of this incident that eventually broke off a potential deal that would have sent Chapman to the Los Angeles Dodgers.