Nearly a year after Major League Baseball introduced its first ever policy to handle domestic abuse, Aroldis Chapman, the hardest thrower in baseball, was suspended for firing a gun during an argument with his girlfriend last October at his Florida home.
Commissioner Rob Manfred barred the New York Yankees closer from the season’s first 30 games. Chapman will not appeal the decision
“I found Mr. Chapman’s acknowledged conduct on that day to be inappropriate under the negotiated policy,” Manfred said, “particularly his use of a firearm and the impact of that behavior on his partner. I am gratified that Mr. Chapman has taken responsibility for his conduct.”
The punishment is being hailed as a step in the right direction on MLB’s part. The player will miss almost 20 percent of the season and it’ll cost him, according to New York Post, “exactly $1,857,377.05 from his $11.33 million salary.”
"I did not in any way harm my girlfriend that evening,” Chapman stated. “However, I should have exercised better judgment with respect to certain actions, and for that I am sorry."
While cases of domestic abuse among football players are much more documented, MLB’s record on the issue is apparently worse than NFL's, as SB Nation’s Mike Bates noted in 2014.
It now remains to be seen if the MLB will show the same decisiveness in Jose Reyes’ case. He was arrested last November after he shoved his wife into a sliding glass door while they were vacationing in Hawaii.
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