The ex wife of Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, who recently opened up in a blog post about alleged abuse at the hands of her ex-husband, has spoken to league investigators regarding the alleged abuse as Russell awaits his fate on paid administrative leave.

This is the first time Reidy-Russell has spoken publicly since posting her blog post. 

“My lawyers thought I wasn’t prepared, emotionally,” Reidy-Russell said regarding the summer of 2017, when she posted on Instagram alleging infidelity on the part of the Cubs shortstop. A friend commented on the since-deleted post, alleging physical abuse by Russell. Major League Baseball opened an investigation of Russell under its domestic abuse protocol.

“They told me I didn’t have to do it on their timeline,” she said. “I told them I wanted to wait until after my divorce.” “(MLB has) been very patient,” she said.

“I planned to meet with them and then was advised it might not be in my best interests.” 

“It wasn’t sitting right with me,” Reidy-Russell said. “I took it upon myself to do what I needed to do regardless what could happen, financially. I know that I’m going to be OK … I shouldn’t have to feel like I can’t speak out to help someone else, in order to protect someone that hurt me.”

Russell has denied the allegations, most recently last week.

She never reported the alleged abuse to police.


On Thursday, his paid administrative leave was extended through the end of the regular season. My guess is Russell will not be re-joining the team in the postseason