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Chicago woman donates to domestic violence charity for Chapman saves

A Chicago-area woman and Cubs fan is donating $10 to domestic violence charities after each Aroldis Chapman save.
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A Chicago-area woman is donating $10 to domestic violence charities after each Aroldis Chapman save.

Cubs fan Caitlin Swieca’s efforts picked up traction on Twitter this week. Chapman, who was involved in a domestic violence case last off-season that led to his suspension while a member of the Yankees, picked up his first save for the Cubs on Thursday after Chicago acquired him via trade.

Swieca announced she would donate to the Domestic Violence Legal Council of Chicago, an organization offering free legal services to victims. Others on Twitter followed suit.

Chapman was suspended 30 games after he allegedly smashed a window of a car in his garage and fired a gun in October 2015, intimidating his girlfriend during a dispute. He admitted to the use of the gun earlier this season but did not acknowledge his girlfriend’s accusations that he choked her.

Chapman: I don’t remember discussing off-field behavior

There was some related controversy surrounding Chapman’s arrival in Chicago, after general manager Theo Epstein said the Cubs had spoken with him about the situation and made clear the team’s expectations. In his introductory interview with Chicago press, Chapman said through a translator that he was sleepy and did not recall the content of his conversation with team management.