Overnight, Addison Russell’s ex-wife Melisa Reidy shared the story of her time with Russell, which included allegations of physical and mental abuse. This came a little over a year after the couple separated following allegations of infidelity, and an allegation of abuse in an Instagram comment by a friend of Reidy’s. MLB conducted an investigation under its domestic violence policy, but nothing came of it at the time.
Now that the allegations have resurfaced and been adopted publicly and in detail by Reidy, the onus will be on the Cubs and MLB to proceed appropriately. (UPDATE: Russell has been placed on administrative leave. The rest of the initial post remains.)
To that end, Russell staying away from the park today seems an appropriate first step:
In light of the abuse allegations that were revealed by his ex-wife in a blog post last night, the Cubs have confirmed that Addison Russell will not be at Guaranteed Rate Field today for the start of the Cubs at Sox series.
— David Kaplan (@thekapman) September 21, 2018
You may recall that last year proceeded similarly at first, with Russell eventually returning to the team and denying the allegations.
We will await further comment from the team, and direction on how they plan to proceed.
UPDATE: Comment is forthcoming:
Theo Epstein is expected to address #Cubs players about the Addison Russell situation and then take questions from the Chicago media.
— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) September 21, 2018