Aroldis Chapman, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, arrested for speeding and driving with a suspended license


Aroldis Chapman, #54 of the Cincinnati Reds, piches against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on May 19 , 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Chapman was arrested Monday morning for speeding with a suspended license.


Mike Stobe

Aroldis Chapman, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, was arrested early Monday morning for speeding and driving with a suspended license, the Associated Press reported

The 24-year-old baseball player was stopped after a police radar clocked him going 93 miles per hour on Cincinnati's northbound Interstate 71 at 12:42 a.m., Cincinnati.com reported

The Reds' General manager Walt Jocketty and manager Dusty Baker met with Chapman after a 4-1 win against Atlanta on Monday night to get details of Chapman's run-in with the law, according to Fox News Latino

"I don't know what happened," Baker told Fox after the meeting with Chapman. "He got a speeding ticket. It can happen to anybody. His people are taking care of it, and we're helping."

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The Reds signed Chapman to a six-year, $30.25 million deal in 2010, and are looking at him to be the team's new closer, according to the AP. 

"He graduated to the setup role," the team's manager Baker told the AP. "Now, hopefully, he's graduated — which we think he might have — to the closer's role. It just depends on how often you can use him."

This is not Chapman's only legal entanglement: he is also being sued for $18 million by Danilo Curbelo Garcia, a Cuban-American man currently serving a 10-year sentence on the island, CBS News reported.

Garcia has claimed that Chapman falsely accused him of involvement in human trafficking, leading to his 2008 arrest and conviction. 

The pitcher defected from Cuba in 2009 in the Netherlands, and was later signed by the Cincinnati Reds. The lawsuit alleges that Chapman framed Garcia so that he could garner favor from the government to rejoin the national baseball team, which had suspended him for a previous attempt to leave Cuba, CBS News reported. 

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