Theo Epstein and Addison Russell Speak on Russell's Return Following Domestic Violence Suspension

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Theo Epstein and Addison Russell Speak on Russell’s Return Following Domestic Violence Suspension

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I wish I had more availability to give this extremely thoughtful coverage and commentary this evening – that’s what it deserves, and I will soon – but family obligations are going to preclude it. I did not, however, want to avoid sharing these comments from Cubs President Theo Epstein and infielder Addison Russell on Russell’s return to the Cubs after he agreed to be suspended under the league’s domestic violence policy based on allegations of abuse by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy.

I remain naively surprised and confused that the Cubs actually felt it was enough of a net good to continue having Russell on the team, and nothing in their comments this evening have illuminated it for me. I hope we eventually do so the positives of the Cubs having worked with Russell through this process – genuinely, I hope there is a good for family relationships in the organization, for domestic violence victims and domestic violence prevention – but so far, it all still seems very tight-lipped.

Some of their comments – again, I apologize that I cannot provide commentary and context right now:

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.