MLB Concludes Investigation into Mike Clevinger Allegations, Will Not Issue Discipline
Today Major League Baseball announced that it had concluded its investigation into domestic abuse allegations against Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger. No punishment is forthcoming.
It’s an atypical outcome for these situations – at least the ones that become as public as Clevinger’s did – though a lot about this one has been unusual from the jump.
A reminder that an MLB investigation is not the same as a legal investigation for a number of reasons – their investigative authority is far less sprawling, but also their ability to impose punishment even in the absence of proof of lawbreaking is expansive. It cuts both ways. I’m not saying the lack of punishment here is proof that nothing untoward happened, but MLB can impose punishment even when they find no laws were broken. This outcome suggests MLB did not find anything to substantiate allegations of domestic abuse. That, alone, doesn’t mean nothing happened. It’s just with respect to what MLB was or was not able to uncover.
The White Sox signed Clevinger early this past offseason, not knowing at the time that he was already under investigation by MLB.
Mike Clevinger released a statement in conjunction with MLB’s decision: