Yankees closer AroldisChapman was suspended 30 games by Major League Baseball Tuesday. He will not appeal the suspension.
MLB has a new domestic violence policy that was put in place last August and Chapman is the first offender. The incident in question allegedly occurred last October when Chapman was a member of the Cincinnati Reds. Chapman is alleged to have choked girlfriend Christina Barneafollowing an October argument and is said to have fired eight gunshots in his garage.
“I found Mr. Chapman’s acknowledged conduct on that day to be inappropriate under the negotiated Policy, particularly his use of a firearm and the impact of that behavior on his partner,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “I am gratified that Mr. Chapman has taken responsibility for his conduct, that he has agreed not to appeal the 30-game suspension.”
Chapman will lose around $1.7 million in salary by missing the 30 games.