With the recent suspension of Aroldis Chapman, MLB makes a stand against Domestic Violence.
On March 1st, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made the decision to suspended Yankees newly-acquired closer Aroldis Chapman for 30 games without pay. This past offseason, Chapman was traded to the Yankees from the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher Adam Warren and a player to be named later in Brendan Ryan.
Chapman allegedly choked his girlfriend after she saw texts on his phone that “she didn’t like”. It was also reported that Chapman fired his handgun 8 times during the incident. Although there was not enough evidence for a conviction, there was enough to suspend him. Chapman has decided not to appeal and will serve the 30 game suspension.
This suspension is crucial for the future of sports. Last year, the NFL went through similar problems when several players were convicted for domestic violence-related issues. The NFL subsequently introduced a suspension policy for domestic violence that served as an example for all sports.
Many believe that Chapman’s ban was too short and he should be punished more severely for such a serious crime. There is no place for domestic violence not just in sports, but everywhere. Chapman’s ban was monumental. It was the first domestic violence suspension under the new policy agreed upon by the Commissioner’s Office and the Players Union. Over the past several years, domestic violence has become more and more of an issue and had to be addressed.
Over the next couple of weeks, the Commissioner’s Office will have to make several more decisions about domestic violence. Jose Reyes has already been asked by the Colorado Rockies not to report to spring training because of his domestic violence allegations. He has been placed on paid leave until his criminal allegations are settled in Hawaii after he reportedly choked his wife and pushed her into a door during an argument.
Dodgers troubled outfielder Yasiel Puig has also been in the news for a domestic violence incident. Puig was involved in an incident in a Miami bar in November where he reportedly shoved his sister. The bar did not press charges. Puig is not expected to receive a suspension, but domestic violence in the MLB is out of control and Commissioner Manfred is taking the right steps in eliminating domestic violence in our national pastime.