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Aroldis Chapman sued for $18 million for … working with the Cuban State Security apparatus?!

May 18, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

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Arolids Chapman defected from Cuba, presumably seeking freedom and fortune in the United States.  Someone, however, is suing Chapman, alleging that when he was back in Cuba, he worked with the Cuban State Security apparatus and helped organize the arrest, imprisonment, and torture of a Cuban-American by the name of Danilo Curbelo García.

This report comes from a pair of Miami-based Spanish language papers (here and here) that our friend Nick Collias of MLB Trade Rumors read and translated for us.  Obviously it’s impossible to know the truth behind any of this now, but here is the essence of the lawsuit — filed in U.S. Court pursuant to the Alien Tort Claims Act — which seeks $18 million:

“Chapman conspired with unidentified agents from the repressive State Security and with the Cuban government to violate the established law of nations, and provoke the arbitrary and prolonged detention and torture of the plaintiff [Curbelo Garcia].”  …

Here’s Curbelo Garcia’s wife, Maylén Turruellas Méndez, quoted in the latter report, describing events which allegedly occurred:

“My husband only praised him as an athlete and told him that in the US he could earn millions,” Turruelas explained. “Days later, the police showed up at his parents’ house and told him that he was under investigation. Later, they arrested him. To this day, I’m convinced that Chapman was working with State Security. It’s known that he had a meeting with Raul Castro. My husband isn’t the only one imprisoned because of Chapman. He was the principal witness in the case, and his statement was full of lies. That’s the only way they’d let him return to the Cuban team.”

The family’s lawyer Avelino Gonzalez told Ebro that both Chapman and his father testified in Cuba against Curbelo Garcia, leading to his arrest for “attempted human trafficking.”

The implication is that after Chapman’s original defection attempt, which failed, he informed on Garcia in order to get back on the Cuban national team.

These are obviously explosive allegations.  I’m sure that Chapman, his agent and his attorneys will have something to say about it soon.  In the meantime, stay tuned.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 18, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Wow…certainly not your run-of-the mill “Bob Davidson sucks” HBT post.

  2. hiltonandastoria - May 18, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Nutjob with no facts & no evidence sues rich person.

    Moving on

    • drewsylvania - May 18, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      Have anything else for us, Nostradamus?

      • hiltonandastoria - May 18, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        ya, there will be 100,000 more cases just like this that come and go through the US courts this year alone

      • drewsylvania - May 18, 2012 at 3:06 PM

        Sure, but that doesn’t mean EVERY case is like that.

  3. thefightingperry - May 18, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Some one seems to be after the Chapman fortune.

  4. metalhead65 - May 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    just what he needs to take his mind off what a great season he is having. by the way craig and the rest of you who say I pick on baker to much and blame him for everything wrong with the reds. this quote is straight from the horse’s mouth on why he benched Chris Heisey who played 4 games in a row for the first time ever under baker and hit the braves as hard as you can hit them in favor of ryan ludwick who has not hit anybody since he left the cards. go defend this I dare you,you will look as stupid as baker.“I know everybody wants to play the guy who is hot,” Baker said. “But what happens when the guys who’s hot gets cold and the guy who’s cold never gets lukewarm because he ain’t playing?”

    • ezthinking - May 18, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      Heisey sucks just as much as Ludwick. It’s like wishing for a cat turd instead of a dog turd.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 18, 2012 at 3:18 PM

        With that post it appears you need to do a little “hardthinking.”

    • stlouis1baseball - May 18, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      “But what happens when the guys who’s hot gets cold and the guy who’s cold never gets lukewarm because he ain’t playing?”
      Good point Metalhead65. My buddies routinely rail on Dusty as well.
      On a separate note: I don’t disagree with your position(s) in general…on Dusty.
      I think “maybe” the reason people bust your balls is your posts are 99.9% negative.
      The ole’ Glass is half empty syndrome. It brings a Brother down…if you will.
      Regardless…good point on Heisey.
      I have always like him. And you should know he has pretty much single handidly beaten the Cardinals TWICE in the last couple of years while I was in attendance at the Great American Smallpark. Most recently…in April with his walk of single.

      • metalhead65 - May 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        that may be true but how am I suppose to post anything positive with this idiot in charge? I love the reds and want them to do well but with dusty and his stupid decisions they are treading water at .500 or a game or 2 over then right back to or below .500. I think jocketty needs to take some heat to for his moves that have not panned out. he traded volquez and the reds best prospects for basicly the same pitcher as volquez. a guy who throws hard but has no idea where it is going and can’t go more than 5 innings. add all the ex washed up cards and you have a mediocre team at best. I know calling them washed up seems harsh but come on you know cards fans laugh everytime they see walt sign and over pay these guys. and if they were still any good they would not be ex-cards or somebody besides the reds would be trying to sign them. I will try not to be as negative but from his quote at least you can understand why I do.

  5. mcsnide - May 18, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    I’d just like to point out that Pedro Gomez has not denied working with the Cuban security apparatus.

    • dexterismyhero - May 18, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      And also with Chavez in Venezuela……

  6. randygnyc - May 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    What if this is true? And this husband has been “disappeared” by the Castro regime? (disclaimer; I have no idea what the truth is)

    • drewsylvania - May 18, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      Wow, he actually admitted it.

      • proudlycanadian - May 18, 2012 at 2:48 PM

        He once admitted that he can be a jerk at times.

  7. aceshigh11 - May 18, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Wow, what a barbaric monster!!

    Only the most despotic, evil and totalitarian regimes on earth would DARE to torture someone!! As an American I feel totally disgus…umm…err…yeah.

    Oops. Guess we can’t claim the moral high ground any more.

    America now has more in common with Cuba, China and Iran than we do with Sweden, Denmark and Belgium.


    • drewsylvania - May 18, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 18, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      So you aspire for us to have things in common with Sweden, Denmark and Belgium?
      War sucks. Torture sucks. The idea is to win. In War…that means at all costs.
      How old are you?

      • Ben - May 18, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        Universal healthcare, a high standard of living, low infant mortality rate, more equal income distribution, excellent education systems, viable mass transit? Sounds awesome to me.

      • kiwicricket - May 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

        You forgot about national debt, Ben.

      • spindervish - May 18, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        For fuck’s sake, how old are you? I can assure you that legitimate warfare does not involve trying to win “at all costs.”

        Read a fucking book or something man.

      • aceshigh11 - May 19, 2012 at 1:06 AM

        In a word: yes.

        They’re happier. They’re healthier. They’re more humane. They have more balanced lives. They live in cleaner environments. Etc., etc.

        The facts are these: since at least the 1930s, all Western countries have implemented certain degree of socialism. America has had a mixed economy since the 1930s.

        ‘Socialism’ is not a bad word (at least if you’re reasonably educated), and socialism is FAR from communism, so don’t even try to play that card.

        I’m a capitalist. I believe in markets. I simply want markets to be well-regulated, and to have a robust social safety net for the citizenry.

        Do I want to be EXACTLY like those countries I mentioned? No. That’s probably too much social democracy for my tastes, but we’re not even close to that point.

        And I haven’t even gotten to issues of war and civil liberties. Suffice it to say: if you think America needs to torture to keep the nation safe, then we’ve already lost.

    • metalhead65 - May 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      you are so right!it is just terrible that we use whatever means necessary to stop these animals from killing Americans and blowing up innocent people around the world. how awful that the methods they used helped them track down the courrier to get bin laden. oh wait that was wrong to right? he deserved a trial and all the rights afforded a U.S. citizen. we should treat them the same way they treat their prisoners right? beheading them in the name of alla is much more civalized right?I wonder if you would still share that tree hugging philosphy if a member of your family was killed in one these terrorists attacks? hope you never find out but do not come crying and whining for justice if they do.

      • Ben - May 18, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        Since 9/11 Approximately 475,000 Americans have died because theyed lack health insurance. Why don’t we declare war on lack of health insurance? That kills an awful lot of innocent Americans. Many more than the 2,996 that day.
        Why is one form of death the start of an unending war and the other something we don’t talk about, and are basically fine with?

      • kiwicricket - May 18, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        Slightly unbalanced view, but you have your opinion.

      • kiwicricket - May 18, 2012 at 3:58 PM

        Great words from your former dictator…

        “The United States is committed to the world-wide elimination of torture and we are leading this fight by example. I call on all governments to join with the United States and the community of law-abiding nations in prohibiting, investigating, and prosecuting all acts of torture and in undertaking to prevent other cruel and unusual punishment. I call on all nations to speak out against torture in all its forms and to make ending torture an essential part of their diplomacy…”

        — George W. Bush, “Statement in Support of Victims of Torture”. White House Press Release. 23 June 2003.

      • spellingcops - May 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM

        Why is it that we, as a society, are responsible for making sure that everyone has healthcare? Housing is very expensive too, but we (those of us that work our asses off) shouldn’t be responsible for housing every person that can’t afford if for him/herself. If YOU can’t afford healthcare, then YOU need to do something to change that, not wait for the government to do it for you. For the record, I grew up dirt poor w/out healthcare, put myself through school (albeit tech school), got a job, worked my ass off, and now own my own business. Now, at 29, I can afford my own healthcare because I decided to make my own way rather than wait in line with my hand out. I also am planning for the future so I can continue to have healthcare when I’m retired. It’s not my fault people are too irresponsible to properly plan their lives or work hard enough to make things happen.

  8. mybrunoblog - May 18, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    When reporters asked Ozzie Guillen about this he said ” I friggen love Aroldis Chapman!”

  9. Ben - May 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    At least it’s not drunk driving..

    • stlouis1baseball - May 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      Yes…all those things are wonderful. It’s too bad we don’t live in Fantasy land.
      Otherwise, we would be able to afford them.
      Do a quick population comparison then get back to me detailing exactly how we manage to offer these things in a Country the size of the U.S..

      • Ben - May 18, 2012 at 3:46 PM

        Sure, that’s pretty easy. Stop spending so much money on the military.
        US spends 4.8% GDP on defense.
        Denmark spends 1.8%
        Belgium 1.1%
        Nethelands 1.4%.

        So that’s a good 3% of GDP we’ve got to play with, and that’s only by normalizing our of military spending level to those countries we’re talking about.
        15 trillion x .03 gives us at least 450 billion dollars to start doing those things.

      • kiwicricket - May 18, 2012 at 3:49 PM

        The most affluent country in the world can’t collect some tax dollars and spend it on healthcare???
        Try culling a few aircraft carriers and nuclear radio controlled hovercrafts(I made that up, but took an educated guess). Presto!….Couple hundred billion for infrastructure, education….healthcare…

        Also….try and lessen the invasion of other countries for immoral purposes. That sort of shit leaves a hefty bar tab.

      • spellingcops - May 19, 2012 at 11:33 AM

        Not sure about everyone else, but when I think of a military power that I would like to have as an ally, the last ones I think of are Denmark, Belgium, & the Netherlands. Yes, our defense budget is very high, but you remember 9/11? I’m all for making sure that kind of shit doesn’t happen on American soil again. As an American, I wouldn’t be too horribly frightened if Iran or North Korea started getting serious about their hatred for us. Now if I lived in one of the 3 aforementioned countries & those psychos had beef with them, I’d be sweating a bit…

        That being said, government spending needs to be cut, but there are plenty of other areas to go after.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 18, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      You are actually suggesting we limit our defense spending to the levels of Denmark, Belgium and Sweden? Really? Hahaha! I refuse to believe you are serious.
      So…back to the issue of population. Please check the population of each respective Country. Then…compare that to our population.
      Still want to spend the same amount of monies on defense?
      Check the assets of each respective Country.
      Then…compare that to our assets.
      Still want to spend the same amount of monies on defense?
      I will ask you the same question.
      How old are you? Please know that is a sincere question.

      • Ben - May 18, 2012 at 4:42 PM

        Old enough to know something about defense budgets, public policy, and old enough to pay my taxes.

      • spindervish - May 18, 2012 at 5:03 PM

        Dude, seriously…stop trying to act like taking up space on this earth for an extended period of time makes you an expert on anything. Your ignorant posts belie your claim.

  10. dexterismyhero - May 18, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    How about we stop giving free health care to all public employees? How about we stop paying public employees salaries for the rest of their lives along with their families?

    How about we stop paying welfare recepients and other government assistance programs that take their checks/debit cards and purchase lottery tickets and alcohol.

    Hell, they should just ask these people to send them their rent & utilities bills and the governement will pay them. Save a boat load of cash there.

    How about we put our foot down and tell the military contractors that we will pay you 4% over cost for your cool; stuff?

    and of those 45,000 people that die each year (estimated) how many do you think actually can get health care, but don’t

    • stlouis1baseball - May 18, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      Wonderful ideas/counterpoints Dexter.

  11. randygnyc - May 18, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Stlouis- I’ll answer. He’s young, very young and he’s got no skin in the game. Remember, 50% pay the tax bill. The loudest complainers, they don’t pay a thing.

    • kiwicricket - May 18, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      If you are referring to me, I moisturize daily and appear far younger than I really am.
      I also happen to have lived and worked in 7 different countries all over the planet. Payed their taxes also. France, Germany, Uk, all have outstanding universal healthcare. This is paid for by citizens tax dollars. Ben wrote a very simple statistic. Read and understand it.

      I was treated and respected in many different countries hospitals in the past 12 years. While working in California I was left bleeding in reception while people debated over my insurance coverage and non-permanent residence.

      I have paid a lot more than I have taken pal.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 18, 2012 at 4:43 PM

        I simply do not believe you with regards to the care received in France, Germany and the UK. Especially…the UK. I have close, personal friends who are British and they complain endlessly about the lack of quality healthcare in England. One of their biggest complaints is the amount of time it takes for testing to take place (and then just as long for the results to be returned)…as a direct result of a lack of Doctors. A lack of specialists? Why?
        Because the Government (i.e. BIG BROTHER) mandates the necessitites for ‘X” amount of Physicians in field ‘X’.

      • kiwicricket - May 18, 2012 at 5:02 PM

        Obviously, you pay a bit more you get a better service. Same as any industry. If you are wanting a hip replacement, you will be on a waiting list for a decade. So you go private. Same as any other country including New Zealand. That being said, my reference was to basic medical care for it’s citizens.

        My family has owned 2 different private medical practices in two different countries, so I feel I have a pretty balanced view. I know which butters bread better, but I also see as a basic citizen what I expect from tax dollars.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 18, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      I am with you 100% Randy. I just wanted to see if he could answer (honestly) himself.

  12. metalhead65 - May 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    hey ben and kiwicricket do those countries also provide trillions of dollars in foriegn aid to the rest of the world? that would be a great place to start to help ease the national debt, just stop throwing away all that money that does not reach the people it is intended for anyway. they have no intendion of ever paying us back I say we just say as of tom. you owe us nothing but you will not be recieving a penny more of U.S. tax dollars to waste. I would give the rest of the world a week tops before they would collapse without our help to which I would say to bad. if this country is such a horrible place then why do millions flee where they live now to come and live here instead of trying to change the countries they live in? please explain to me how in addition to the millions of private donations given after the earthquake in hati and the billions the U.S. government gave them that there are still people living in tents and squalor? why should we give another penny to countries like that?

    • kiwicricket - May 18, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      With all respect, I think several issues are coming into the equation here. Not interested in the US foreign aid policies. (You are aware that every developed country distributes aid to lesser developed nations?)
      I have lived in developed countries where their citizens believe first and foremost that they as tax-payers are entitled to free healthcare. You obviously don’t agree with this. I respect your opinion, but only wish to discuss why you think it’s so utterly fantastical(I made that us as well!) for a country to provide basic medical care for it’s citizens.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 18, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        No one has answered my question Kiwi.
        How does a Country the size of the US offer healthcare to its residents?
        It is apples-to-oranges. You do realize population plays a huge role.
        You have to realize that. You have always presented yourself as an intelligent person.
        So I ask again…how does the US offer such services with the size of the population.
        In a nutshell…it is far easier for a Country the size of Denmark, Belgiumm, the UK,
        NEW ZEALAND, hell…even Germany to offer those services.
        They simply do NOT have the demand (in sheer numbers) as the US does.
        I would also like to get back to the quality of care.
        There is a reason Doctors are (and have been for years)…coming to the US in droves.

      • Ben - May 18, 2012 at 5:01 PM

        stlouis, you obviously don’t understand how proportions work. Yes, the US is huge. But so is the US GDP.
        The problem is much bigger, definitely. But so are our resources for dealing with it.

      • kiwicricket - May 18, 2012 at 5:13 PM

        There is a reason Doctors are (and have been for years)…coming to the US in droves.

        FAT SACKS OF CASH as a medical practitioner that’s why.
        Private and government healthcare all exist in other countries. If you want the finest most prompt care, you pay through your nose. Same as any country in the world. The things being highlighted are the basic provision of healthcare.

        I understand what you are saying, and respect that. Population size making it very difficult, but not impossible. Not even close.
        Instituting something overnight will not happen, but striving towards something which benefits literally each and every citizen of your enormous country is something worth working towards.

        Spending trillions on invading countries to try and steal their oil could be better used for healthcare, infrastructure, education and more baseball stadiums for billionaires.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 18, 2012 at 5:15 PM

        Excellant stuff Kiwi. “If you are wanting a hip replacement, you will be on a waiting list for a decade. So you go private.” This is specifically the type of thing I was talking about.

        “I know which butters bread better, but I also see as a basic citizen what I expect from tax dollars.” Again…good stuff Kiwi. This is my kind of discussion.

        Sooo…you go private if the need is absolutely essential. I get that.
        But what if someone doesn’t have the monies?
        They wait till’ the Government teet becomes available?
        To me…that is incredibly unfortunate.
        Just for the record…I pay (for a family of four)…$170.00+ PER WEEK in Insurance.
        Well done Kiwi. Good discussion.

      • kiwicricket - May 18, 2012 at 5:30 PM

        Haha, “the govt. teet”. Never read that expression before, consider it stolen!
        Yeah, that’s the basics of it. The service gets worse, as things gets worse.
        The elderly waiting years for hip replacements, paying more and more for arthritic medicine…. Nothing is perfect. My view is simply that a great country such as the US, with it’s incredible resources should perhaps try and provide more for it’s citizens. (Perhaps instead of privatizing everything out and making a small percentage of the pop massive amounts of cash)
        $170 per week is incredible.

  13. kiwicricket - May 18, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Man, I don’t like coming off as combative or obtuse. I sit here very patiently waiting for all the posts which turn into political rants(I don’t mean any of you guys) and utter nonsense to calm down and exit the system.
    I guess this is been built up in me. Sorry.

    Back to baseball.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 18, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      No apologies needed Kiwi. It’s been a good discussion.
      And I agree…it is something to strive for (basic health care).
      I fully realize the costs of things will go through the roof.
      After all…the healtcare monies have to come from somewhere.
      Milk, Gas, Cigarettes, Bread, Alcohol, Cleaning Supplies, etc… (see Canada..for example).
      But again…I pay $170.00+ per week in Insurance.
      That could purchase a lot of Milk, Bread, Cleaning Supplies…and of course…Alcohol.

      • kiwicricket - May 18, 2012 at 5:34 PM

        Cut out bread, cleaning supplies. Just buy better alcohol :)

  14. stlouis1baseball - May 18, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Spindervish: Being a complete DICK doesn’t serve you well.
    Try harder at not being so polarizing. Once you grasp this…your “DICKISHNESS” will start to subside.
    Hell…it will even take care of itself.

    • spindervish - May 18, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      If you want to call me an asshole, I will simply say that you’re not really wrong.

      That doesn’t change the fact that you’re frustratingly, depressingly ignorant and routinely post ignorant things. When you go further and try to question whether others are even in a position to point out your nonsense because of something as arbitrary as age, yeah, it strikes me as worthy of considerable derision.

      If you want to continue posting dumb things on the internet, fine, that’s your prerogative. But don’t be surprised when some relatively informed asshole comes along and calls you an idiot.

  15. whodey513 - May 18, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    he must pitch for the Bengals too….

  16. underwoodsbeard - May 18, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    I think your all posting Dunn things on the internet. This is a baseball website, not the Huffington Post, so just STFU. You didn’t even reference the story the last 40 posts.

    As far as that goes, if he is suing him in the US for something that happened in Cuba, good luck with that. I am sure the Cuban Gov’t can’t wait to cooperate.

  17. underwoodsbeard - May 18, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    And to stay relevant to baseball my phone autocorrected dumb to Dunn. So yeah!

    • spellingcops - May 19, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      Lol, that is awesome. And an awesome phone too.

  18. cereal blogger - May 19, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    This is a shakedown

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