(CBS) While making clear the Cubs take domestic violence seriously and expressing an understanding as to why some fans may be sensitive to and upset with Monday’s acquisition of closer Aroldis Chapman, chairman Tom Ricketts said the organization was at peace with bringing in a player who’s had a string of off-the-field incidents in his career, most notably a domestic violence incident last October.
In explaining why the Cubs were comfortable with adding Chapman, Ricketts cited MLB’s new domestic violence policy, which Chapman violated and was thus suspended 30 games to start the season. Chapman and his girlfriend were involved in an incident last offseason, one that included him firing gunshots in a garage in the Miami area.READ MORE: Illinois Adding New 464 Area Code To 708 Region In South And Western Suburbs
The Cubs acquired Chapman in a five-player trade with the Yankees on Monday.
“I respect and appreciate all the different opinions on this,” Ricketts said in an interview on the Mully and Hanley Show on Tuesday morning.
“The platform the league has, the program includes not just suspensions but other things — treatment and counseling programs. There’s a big program behind us. But ultimately when it comes down to it, they gave Aroldis a 30-game suspension. He acknowledged it in public statements — both months ago when he came back to the game and yesterday — that he exercised some poor judgment and regrets the events that happened. We’ve been told since he’s come back, he’s been pretty much a model citizen and a very good teammate.
“That said, we were very, very thoughtful and careful about whether or not he would be a good fit for our club.”