New York City council speaker says Yankees wrong to acquire Chapman

NY council speaker says Yankees wrong to acquire pitcher after domestic-violence accusation. (John Minchillo/AP)

NEW YORK — The New York City council’s speaker says the New York Yankees were wrong to trade for a pitcher who was investigated over a domestic-violence accusation.

Democratic Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Tuesday the Yankees should reconsider their decision to trade for Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.

Florida police have said they had insufficient evidence to charge the Cuban left-hander following an October incident between him and his girlfriend.

She said Chapman choked her. He said there was an argument and he was pushed down by her brother.

A deal to trade the All-Star to the Los Angeles Dodgers fell through after news of the incident broke this month. He still faces possible suspension by Major League Baseball.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has acknowledged concerns but defended the move. He notes Chapman’s price dropped.

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