Addison Russell placed on leave after ex-wife shares details of domestic violence allegations in blog post
Melisa Reida wrote she was 'in shock' by the way she was treated by her then-spouse
Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball Friday after his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, published a blog post that detailed allegations of years of physical and emotional abuse she endured while married to Russell.
Here's what the league said in a statement on Friday:
"Major League Baseball takes all allegations of Domestic Violence seriously. When the allegations against Addison Russell became public on June 7, 2017, the Commissioner's Office's Department of Investigations immediately commenced an investigation. Melisa Russell declined to participate in the investigation at that time. Our investigation of this matter has remained open and we have continued our efforts to gather information.
"With the new details revealed in today's blog post by Ms. Russell, Mr. Russell has been placed on Administrative Leave in accordance with the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy. We are hopeful that this new information will allow us to complete the investigation as promptly as possible."
Reidy filed for divorce from Russell in June 2017, a few weeks after MLB under its domestic violence policy when the allegations first surfaced. The two share a 3-year-old son together.Russell was not suspended by
In Reidy's blog post, she details alleged physical abuse along with accompanying emotional and psychological abuse.
"The first time I was physically mistreated by my spouse, I was in shock. I couldn't wrap my head around what just happened ... Why did he get so angry? What did I do for him to want to put his hands on me?" the author wrote. "Of course I forgave him and assumed it would never happen again. I just thought he had let his emotions get the best of him, he loves me and he's sorry."
The Chicago Cubs released a statement regarding Russell:
"We take allegations of domestic violence seriously and support the League's decision to place Addison Russell on administrative leave given new details revealed today. We will continue to cooperate with the League's investigation so the appropriate action can be taken."
On Friday, Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein said the Cubs were aware the Russell investigation remained open, and that he'd been in touch with the league about it. Epstein said he was surprised by the "disturbing" post and immediately reached out to the league when he became aware of it.
"Anytime there are accusations of this nature it has to be taken very seriously," said Epstein. "The important thing here is that justice and fairness is ultimately found."
Epstein and Thomas Ricketts met with Russell Friday morning.
"We questioned him [Russell] on it and he reaffirmed his stance that he did not do what he was accused of," said Epstein.
Russell released the following statement through the MLB Players Association Friday night:
"These allegations against me are completely false. I made that clear to Major League Baseball last year and reiterated it to the Cubs today. I'm confident any full and fair investigation will fully exonerate me. The protection of my children is foremost in my mind so I will have no further comment."
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