Addison Russell has been placed on administrative leave following domestic abuse allegations from his ex-wife.
Melisa Reidy-Russell made a blog post alleging Russell abused her.
“[The] emotional/verbal abuse started way before I even realized, eventually it started to be an everyday thing,” Reidy-Russell said in her post. “Being blamed for just about anything that went wrong, name calling, intimidating me with personal force, manipulating me to think I was the problem, destroying my personal things, threatening me to “send” me & our son home to my parents as if I was privileged to be living in our home.”
Russell was investigated previously by the MLB for abusing Reidy-Russell, but the investigation is still ongoing and has found nothing, as of press time.
Russell has denied the allegations.
The Cubs are unable to discipline Addison Russell or investigate for themselves while a league investigation is ongoing, said Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein in a Sept. 21 press conference live streamed by WGN.
“All parties have an obligation to get to a just and fair resolution. If that includes discipline, so be it. If it doesn’t so be it,” Epstein said at the press conference. “The whole point of administrative leave is to provide a better forum for the league to conduct its investigation. While we are in that step, it makes sense to step back and give our support to the process.”
Epstein said he spoke with Russell earlier this morning to inform him he was being placed on administrative leave.
Russell did not join the Cubs in their game against the White Sox.