Aroldis Chapman denies allegations, says coverage unfair

Chapman: Media portrayal unfair (3:08)

ESPN Yankees reporter Andrew Marchand discusses the domestic violence allegations against Aroldis Chapman and whether the Yankees closer could be suspended by Major League Baseball. (3:08)

TAMPA, Fla. -- New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman denied domestic violence allegations against him and said the media's portrayal of him has been "a little bit" unfair.

"I haven't hurt anybody," Chapman said through translator Marlon Abreu.

Chapman left Yankees camp Monday for an excused absence to return to his home in Miami to take care of what he described as a family matter.

A Davie, Florida, police report from Oct. 30 alleged that Chapman choked his girlfriend and fired eight gunshots. After an investigation, no charges were pressed.

"Just, in general, I've never hurt anybody ever in my life," Chapman said.

In recent days, commissioner Rob Manfred has hinted an announcement on a possible suspension for Chapman could be forthcoming. Chapman said he does not know of any timetable.

Any suspension is not expected to include exhibition games, according to sources.

Chapman said he plans to appeal if he is suspended. As far as the media coverage that has portrayed him in a negative light, Chapman was asked if he had felt it was unfair.

"Just a little bit," Chapman said. "That is not my character or the person I am."

Chapman, 27, is a four-time All-Star, whom the Yankees acquired at a discount price to be their closer after the domestic abuse allegations surfaced when the Cincinnati Reds were on the verge of a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. That trade was scuttled by the negative publicity.