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Yankees Criticized For Calendar Featuring Player Accused Of Choking His Girlfriend On Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The New York Yankees has been criticized for handing out calendars featuring Aroldis Chapman after the player was suspended over allegations of domestic violence.

Social media commenters were quick to point out that the pitcher had been made the poster boy for October – which is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The controversial decision was brought to the attention of sports reporter Laura Albanese, who tweeted a photo of the calendar along with the caption: ‘Your Yankees calendar Mr. October is…ummm…Aroldis Chapman.’

Cuban-born Chapman was accused of choking his girlfriend and firing eight gunshots at his home in Florida in October 2015.

Although no charges were filed against him, he was still banned for 30 games by the MLB who cited ‘Chapman’s use of the firearm and its effect on his partner’.

Chapman did not appeal the suspension which was the MLB’s first under its new Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse policy.

By Joe Sheppard For Mailonline

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