Cubs’ Addison Russell placed on administrative leave following abuse allegations

Cubs’ Addison Russell accused of physical, verbal abuse by ex-wife

The allegations first came to light in June 2017, following an Instagram post made on Reidy's account, in which she accused Russell of cheating on her.

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein addressed the media after Russell was placed on administrative leave and spoke at length about the allegations against Russell.

Major League Baseball and the Cubs both issued statements Friday saying they take allegations of domestic violence seriously.

MLB's domestic violence policy has resulted in at least eight suspensions since it was instituted in 2016, including one that year of one-time Cubs' closer Aroldis Chapman and the more recent high-profile suspension for 75 games of then-Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna (now with the Astros).

Before Russell returned to the Cubs he spoke with reporters and denied after the allegations. Our investigation of this matter remained open and we have continued our efforts to gather information. A friend of Reidy's added in a comment that Russell had physically abused her.

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Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the department has not launched a criminal investigation "at this point" but detectives will look at the allegations "further and have already reached out to the Cubs". "We will continue to cooperate with the League's investigation so the appropriate action can be taken".

"Anytime there are accusations of this nature it has to be taken very seriously".

Epstein and Maddon both said they knew Russell well professionally, but hadn't talked to him about his personal life.

Reidy-Russell, who said she dealt with depression caused by Russell's abuse, wrote about the effect leaving her husband had on her overall well-being. Basically, I felt like I was nothing, a nobody & I was nothing without him, & I couldn't do anything without him. I simply could not wrap my head around it, it tore me apart.

Russell was not in the Cubs' lineup Friday and is not expected to report to the ballpark to play against the White Sox, reports The Athletic's Patrick Mooney. Their divorce was finalized last month.



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