Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, amid domestic violence allegations, has been suspended 40 games for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, commissioner Rob Manfred announced Wednesday.
EXCLUSIVE: Major Leauge Baseball suspends Cubs’ shortstop Addison Russell for 40 games after domestic abuse allegations. His ex-wife tells @LaurenMagiera “I didn’t tell anybody and I made excuses.” Preview on @WGNNews at 4p, full story at 9pm. pic.twitter.com/7sz8yL6nkc
— Ben Bradley (@BenBradleyTV) October 3, 2018
Russell, who has denied the allegations, was placed on administrative leave Sept. 21, after his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, reiterated claims of domestic abuse.
Addison Russell Placed on Administrative Leave After Ex-wife Melisa Reidy Alleges Abuse https://t.co/fVbKb7wPmr
— SportsGossip.com (@sportsgossip) September 21, 2018
“After gaining a full understanding of the situation I have concluded it’s in the best interest of my family to accept MLB’s proposed resolution of this matter,” Russell said in a statement released by his attorneys Wednesday. “I wish my ex-wife well and hope we can live in peace for the benefit of our child.”
Addison Russell's Ex-wife Melisa Reidy 'Wasn't Ready' to Talk in '17 https://t.co/b7t8f7YSzV
— SportsGossip.com (@sportsgossip) September 28, 2018
Cubs President Theo Epstein also weighed in.
Theo on Russell suspension: “appropriate.” Wants to “reach out to the victim,” and get Addison help. Won’t speculate on whether he has a future w/ Cubs.
— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) October 3, 2018
Russell, who would become a free agent this offseason if the Cubs do not tender him a contract, would be eligible to play on May 3 of next season, barring any postponements.
Addison is a pretty great baseball player, he’ll find another job if the Cubs don’t offer him a contract.