Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman fired eight gunshots in the garage of his Davie, Florida, home and was accused of choking his girlfriend during an Oct. 30 incident, according to a police report obtained by Yahoo! Sports.
Chapman’s girlfriend told police that the incident started when she questioned him about something on his cellphone. Chapman admitted to police that he fired the gun but denied choking his girlfriend.
Police said in the report that they did not make any arrests because of inconsistencies in stories and no physical evidence of injuries. Four days later, Assistant State Attorney Marcie Zaccor also said there was insufficient evidence to charge Chapman in the incident.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were reportedly on the verge of acquiring Chapman from the Reds on Monday for two minor leaguers. But a source tells ESPN’s Mark Saxon that the fate of the deal is in the hands of Major League Baseball, which is investigating the incident under its new domestic violence policy.
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Monday night that while the deal is not dead, it could take weeks to complete.
According to the domestic violence policy, a violator could be subject to suspension or a fine at the discretion of commissioner Rob Manfred.
Jay Reisinger, Chapman’s attorney, told Yahoo! Sports on Monday night, “I’ve reviewed the facts as portrayed. On behalf of Mr. Chapman, we vehemently deny the allegations as stated. Beyond that, we have no further comment at this time.”
ESPN’s Mark Saxon and Jayson Stark contributed to this report.