Melisa Reidy Shares More of Her Story, and Additional Details About Alleged Abuse By Addison Russell

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Melisa Reidy Shares More of Her Story, and Additional Details About Alleged Abuse By Addison Russell

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As it was when she first chose to come forward with her story, it is very important for Cubs fans, baseball fans, and people in general to hear what Melisa Reidy has to say about her experience with Addison Russell. Not only is there an opportunity here for growth on a number of levels, there’s something of a moral imperative to do her the minimal courtesy of considering her words.

The Cubs, together with Russell, who is currently suspended by MLB under its domestic violence policy, issued a lengthy statement last month about the decision to tender him a contract for 2019. It included the following: “After a very thorough process, we have chosen to take action to try to become a small part of the solution for Addison, his family, Melisa Reidy and the larger issue of domestic violence prevention. In determining our path forward, we’ve maintained regular dialogue with Melisa to support her and to listen.”

I think it’s only fair to follow the Cubs’ lead and truly listen to Melisa, not just for the awful details, but also for a sense of her experience of being in an abusive relationship. It may not look like what you think:

I hope the Cubs are reading this story, and carefully considering how to proceed from here. I understand that there are some complexities here, and I also understand the Cubs’ desire to be part of a more significant solution in the sport on domestic violence. But at some point, you’re doing more harm than good.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.