The Chicago Cubs just concluded a press conference where owner Tom Ricketts and President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein spoke at length about the allegations of domestic violence against Addison Russell, MLB's investigation of those allegations, and the decision to put him on administrative leave pending that investigation.
Melisa Reidy-Russell, whom Russell married in 2016 and split from previous year, accused him of physical, emotional and verbal abuse in a recent blog post.
Major League Baseball opened its probe in June 2017 after Reidy-Russell accused Russell of cheating in an Instagram post and a friend commented with an allegation of abuse by the Cubs shortstop. The post was later deleted.
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Late Thursday, a blog post attributed to Reidy contained more detailed allegations, including years of physical and emotional abuse. Russell didn't report to the ballpark Friday as the Cubs prepared to face the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. A friend of Reidy's added in a comment that Russell had physically abused her.
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"Emotional/verbal abuse started way before I even realized, eventually it started to be an everyday thing", Reidy wrote.
"I couldn't wrap my head around what just happened", she wrote. The Commissioner may place an accused player on paid administrative leave for up to seven days while allegations are investigated. And based on other intricacies, I'd be surprised if we ever see him in a Cubs uniform again.
Reidy-Russell said she tried to pretend the abuse never happened and purposefully avoided "making him angry" in any way in fear of it occurring again.
-"When it began to set in for him that I was really serious about not wanting this marriage anymore, he just about lost his mind". I saw a darkness in him I've never seen or experienced in him or anyone else. While the investigation has remained open since the allegations against him became public past year, new allegations surfaced on Thursday night that have resulted in Russell being placed on leave for the second time during the course of the investigation.
The 24-year-old Russell is hitting.250 with five homers and 38 RBIs in 130 games this season.