Police close Aroldis Chapman domestic violence investigation

Wednesday December 9th, 2015

Police have closed the investigation into an alleged domestic violence incident involving pitcher Aroldis Chapman and his girlfriend, citing a lack of evidence, the Associated Press reports.

On Monday, Tim Brown and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports published a report detailing allegations that Chapman choked his girlfriend, pushed her against a wall and fired eight gunshots in his garage in October. Chapman was not arrested and no charges were filed, but police and Major League Baseball had both opened investigations.

Police released the incident report on Tuesday, explaining the decision to close the case resulted from conflicting testimonies and a lack of cooperating witnesses. Police also found no evidence of physical injuries.

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The news of allegations put a reported trade of Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds to the Los Angeles Dodgers on hold as executives from both teams decide how to proceed. MLB has no direct role in stalling the transaction, and MLB’s chief baseball officer Joe Torre said Tuesday that no timetable has been set for settling the matter in accordance with the league’s new domestic violence policy.

MLB is also in the process of investigating violent incidents involving Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes and Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.

The police investigation will not be reopened unless any new evidence emerges, Davie, Fla., police spokesperson Dale Engle said Tuesday.

- Erin Flynn

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