Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman will not face domestic violence charges

Aroldis Chapman will serve as the Yankees' closer this season.

Joe Robbins

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman will not face charges stemming from the domestic violence allegations his girlfriend made earlier this offseason.

Chapman admitted to investigators that there had been an argument at his house on Oct. 30 and that he fired several gunshots into the concrete wall of his garage, where he had locked himself alone. However, he denied physically assaulting his girlfriend.

"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.

Although he will not face criminal charges, Chapman still could be disciplined by Major League Baseball and Commissioner Rob Manfred under the league’s new domestic violence policy. Manfred said Thursday that he is unsure when the league’s investigation of the Chapman situation will be complete.

Chapman nearly was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers early this offseason, but the deal ultimately fell apart after the allegations became public. The Yankees acquired Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds in late December.

On Wednesday, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner defended the Yankees’ decision to acquire Chapman, saying the left-handed reliever is "innocent until proven otherwise."