Tonight, via the Players Association, Addison Russell released a brief statement addressing the allegations by his ex-wife Melisa Reidy that he was physically and emotionally abusive during their relationship. Russell maintains his innocence.
The Major League Baseball Players Association is releasing the following statement on behalf of Addison Russell pic.twitter.com/lQkp8GMdN0
— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) September 22, 2018
In the current climate, and in anticipation of some reactions, I think it is appropriate to say two things: (1) I don’t see a realistic explanation for a woman – at great risk and cost to herself – putting out a detailed statement like the one Melisa did unless it was a true reflection of her experience; (2) I think it is fair to share Russell’s statement and denial, and offer him the opportunity to be heard in a more specific way. Based on his statement, however, it seems he does not want to do that publicly, and the matter will be in the hands – for now – of MLB.
The process will play out again, this time with more information than was available previously. Until MLB makes a determination, Russell will be on administrative leave from the Cubs.