Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman is suing his former money manager.
It’s been a very, very bad month for New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman. First, he blew Game 5 of the ALDS by allowing the game-winning home run to Mike Brosseau in the bottom of the eighth. That was promptly followed by cries to trade the left-hander given his postseason futility.
Now, Chapman is suing his former money manager for allegedly embezzling millions from him, according to CourtHouseNews.com. And man, this is wild.
Chapman is claiming “millions of dollars were siphoned from his savings to fund the manager’s luxury purchases and escapades with an exotic dancer.” That is … something.
This suit was file on Oct. 14, alleging $3 million was stolen from Chapman, though that figure is yet to be confirmed as the financial investigation continues. Pro Management Resources, a business management consultant in Coral Springs, Florida, is the firm mentioned in the lawsuit, along with an agent by the name of Benito Zavala Jr. as the alleged embezzler.
Not only that, but it’s also being alleged that multiple credit lines in Chapman’s name were opened without his permission and “used to pay for Zavala’s personal items and expenses.” Zavala also allegedly transferred $560K of Chapman’s through Western Union wires to himself and two associates — one of which was the aforementioned “exotic dancer.”
If that wasn’t bad enough, yesterday was the one-year anniversary of Chapman blowing Game 6 of the ALCS to send the Yankees packing.
Thankfully, this time around, Chapman isn’t the one being accused of illegal activity. Shortly before being acquired by the Yankees, he was involved in an alleged domestic dispute with his then-girlfriend (who accused him of putting his hands around her neck) and then admitted to firing multiple rounds of his gun into his garage wall that same evening.
Next season can’t come soon enough for Chapman, who truly needs a reset after a rough 2020.