I didn’t think I’d have to write this. Last season when the Yankees were bound to acquire known fire balling reliever Aroldis Chapman from the Reds, I sat and watched as more and more details surfaced of an alleged assault.
Police reported that on October 30th more than a dozen officers were dispatched to Chapman’s home in Davie, Florida. According to police, Chapman allegedly fired eight shots in the garage of his home, as well as choking his girlfriend.
Here’s where we stand: the Cubs on the cusp of acquiring the reliever, in an effort to bolster the pen heading towards the postseason. I’m all for bolstering a roster, but at what cost?
I’m not going to sit here and say that he should “burn” for what he’s done, and I am definitely a proprietor of second chances. Things happen, and I’ll know that we never know all the facts. Here’s where I’m also frustrated though, wondering at what point is enough, you know, enough? Domestic violence is no joke, no laughing matter, nothing to brush off.
At what point does talent not outweigh mistakes? We’ve seen players time and time again be freed from past demons to continue their careers? I respect a comeback, someone who can understand where they’ve come from, and how they’ve grown. What I don’t respect is someone who can’t acknowledge the fact.
Remember after the Ray Rice incident, how quickly the man became a pariah? Where’s he now? At least at a point where I can see that growth, a man who’s at least attempting to right those past wrongs.
In sports, we idolize those heroes, those big name players, those guys who get it done down the stretch. I grew up with such admiration for athletes, they seemed untouchable. They’re not though, that’s what we as a society need to grasp. Players make mistakes, people make mistakes, it’s one and the same.
I hope all for the best that a man like Aroldis Chapman can be more than a player, be a man who wants to right that wrong. I’m not passing judgement, I’m not against a player who can help a franchise. I’m against an ideal that as an athlete certain things can’t hurt you. Domestic violence needs to be more prioritized, more than it is now. It’s time to not just turn a blind eye to these guys, or girls, it’s something that tears people apart, it’s time to legitimately come together.