Aroldis Chapman’s possible suspension shrouded in confusion

By on February 29, 2016

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Updated: Monday, February 29, 2016, 1:16 AM

Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman awaits a decision from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News

Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman awaits a decision from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.

TAMPA — It remains to be seen if Aroldis Chapman is suspended for domestic violence allegations, and if so, how many games he’ll miss.

Chapman has already said he plans to appeal any suspension handed down by commissioner Rob Manfred, but it’s unclear whether the closer will be able to pitch while the case is pending appeal.

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark did his best to clarify the situation during a meeting with reporters Sunday, though even the union head seemed uncertain about the specifics. Clark said Chapman would be allowed to play during the appeal process, much the same as offenders of the Joint Drug Agreement can continue playing until their appeal is heard.

But later on in the 32-minute session, Clark said the league could place a player on paid administrative leave — that’s what MLB did last week with Jose Reyes, who is awaiting trial on domestic violence charges in early April — and keep him from participating in games.

“It depends on what it is they decide to determine on the front end,” Clark said. “We understand that there are sensitivities here. We understand that based on those sensitivities, each individual case may be a little bit different. Is there that possibility? Sure. Is there a possibility it goes the other way? Sure.

“Nothing is set in stone until the process one way or another finishes.”

Not even MLBPA executive director Tony Clark can explain what will happen to Aroldis Chapman if he gets suspended by MLB.Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News

Not even MLBPA executive director Tony Clark can explain what will happen to Aroldis Chapman if he gets suspended by MLB.

Clark added that an appeal process in a domestic violence case — he declined repeatedly to speak specifically about Chapman — would likely be expedited.

Considering the PR beating NFL commissioner Roger Goodell took for his handling of the Ray Rice case in 2014, Manfred could look to make a statement with his decisions on Chapman, Reyes and Yasiel Puig. Clark was quick to point out that any player disciplined would have the right to an appeal, so Manfred’s verdict won’t necessarily be final.

“We will never exist in a world where there is one judge, jury and sentence,” Clark said. “We fought for it too long.”

One thing Clark made clear Sunday was that the union will work to protect Chapman’s rights if the reliever opts to appeal any penalty handed down by MLB as part of the league’s new domestic violence policy, which was agreed to by MLB and the union last August.

“It’s a very difficult conversation to have. It’s a very sensitive issue to discuss,” Clark said. “But our job is very fundamental: we protect, defend and advance the rights of our members. That’s what we do.”  


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