Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said Yankees fans "love" closer Aroldis Chapman despite the domestic violence incident he was involved in last offseason.
Chapman signed a five-year deal worth $86 million this offseason to return to the Yankees.
"He was great," Steinbrenner told USA Today about Chapman's time with the Yankees last season. "Look, he admitted he messed up. He paid the penalty. Sooner or later, we forget, right? That's the way we're supposed to be in life. He did everything right, and said everything right, when he was with us.''
"They love him,'' Steinbrenner continued. "There are so few baseball players that I feel can really get fans to buy a ticket and brings their kids to their game, and he's one of them.''
Steinbrenner later clarified his comments, noting that he meant to say people "forgive," not "forget."
Chapman was accused last October of choking his girlfriend and firing eight gunshots in the gargage of his Miami home after an argument. He allegedly fired the gunshots while his girlfriend hid outside in the bushes.
He was suspended for 30 games due to the incident after prosecutors decided to not move forward with the case.
The Yankees then traded Chapman to the Cubs in July in a deal that netted top prospect Gleyber Torres and others.