MIAMI: New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman will not face domestic violence charges in connection with an October 30 incident involving his girlfriend, authorities in South Florida said on Thursday (Friday in Manila).
Chapman had been under investigation after an argument with 22-year-old Cristina Barnea, but prosecutors decided that insufficient evidence and conflicting accounts of the incident made a conviction unlikely.
“We are all pleased that the Davie Police Department and the Office of the State Attorney took the time to fully investigate the matter and have concluded that charges were not warranted,” Chapman’s lawyer, Paul Molle, told the Sun Sentinel newspaper.
Barnea had said Chapman pushed and choked her, got a gun and fired eight shots into a wall and window. Chapman said there was no argument and he was pushed by Barnea’s brother.
Chapman, 27, was playing for the Cincinnati Reds at the time and has since been traded to the Yankees.
Chapman could face punishment under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy but Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner has defended the Cuban-born left-hander, saying he is “innocent until proven otherwise.”
The Yankees sent four players to the Reds to obtain the four-time All-Star relief ace, who defected from his communist Caribbean island homeland in 2009.
Chapman has the fastest recorded speed of a pitch in Major League Baseball history at 105 mph (169km/h).