Addison Russell was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball on Friday after his ex-wife opened up about abuse allegations against the Chicago Cubs shortstop in a blog post this week.
Melisa Reidy-Russell wrote that she suffered physical and emotional abuse throughout their two-year marriage and that the mistreatment severely affected her.
“With the new details revealed … by Ms. Russell, Mr. Russell has been placed on Administrative Leave in accordance with the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy,” MLB said in a statement Friday. “We are hopeful that this new information will allow us to complete the investigation as promptly as possible.”
Previous allegations by a friend of Reidy-Russell triggered an MLB investigation into Russell last year that remains open.
“The first time I was physically mistreated by my spouse, I was in shock,” Reidy-Russell wrote. “I couldn’t wrap my head around what just happened … Why did he get so angry? What did I do for him to want to put his hands on me? Of course I forgave him assumed it would never happen again. I just thought he had let his
Article source: http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/24753267/ex-wife-chicago-cubs-shortstop-addison-russell-details-abuse-allegations
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