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Is Someone Chasing Aroldis Chapman?

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That's the question that comes to mind in light of this latest bit of Aroldis Chapman news. The Reds are in Pittsburgh right now to play the Pirates, and according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Chapman's downtown hotel room was robbed late Tuesday night. But that's not all:

Officers who were dispatched to the hotel found a 26-year-old woman tied up and crying.

Security guards told officers that they were alerted by two guests who heard a woman screaming for help.

The guests, who were staying in a room on the same floor, went into the hallway to see what was going on found the woman with her hands bound by cloth napkins, police spokeswoman Diane Richard wrote in a news release.


The unidentified woman is from Silver Spring, Md. She was described as "the hotel guest of a male who attended the Pirates baseball game and who was not present at the time of the incident." Police said the woman answered a knock at the door from a man who identified himself as hotel maintenance who wanted to fix a toilet. The man entered and demanded to take things, and when the woman refused, he tied her up and stole "jewelry, clothing, a computer, credit cards and ID cards."

The last two weeks have certainly been bizarre for Chapman. Hours after a game last week, he was driving 100 miles from Cincinnati in a direction away from the city when he was arrested for allegedly doing 93 mph and driving with a suspended license. And just before that, he was hit with an $18 million lawsuit by a man serving a 10-year prison sentence in Chapman's native Cuba. That man, Danilo Curbelo Garcia, accuses Chapman of having been "an informant" for the Cuban government. The suit also says Chapman falsely accused Curbelo Garcia of human trafficking as part of a plan to help Chapman escape from Cuba several years ago, before Chapman actually defected in 2009.

So, let me rephrase the question: Who is chasing Aroldis Chapman?

[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; photo via AP]