Baseball star put on leave after ex-wife's allegations of abuse

Melisa Reidy Addison Russell's ex-wife shares disturbing story of abuse

Major League Baseball opened its probe in June 2017 after Reidy-Russell accused Russell of cheating in an Instagram post and a friend commented with an allegation of abuse by the Cubs shortstop.

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein addressed the media after Russell was placed on administrative leave and spoke at length about the allegations against Russell.

"Major League Baseball takes all allegations of Domestic Violence seriously". Melisa Russell declined to participate in the investigation at that time. Our investigation of this matter has remained open and we have continued our efforts to gather information.

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the department has not launched a criminal investigation "at this point" but detectives will look at the allegations "further and have already reached out to the Cubs".

Russell denied those allegations at the time, saying in a statement, "Any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful". The league said Reidy had declined to cooperate with investigators a year ago, but new efforts would be made. "What did I do for him to want to put his hands on me?" the author wrote. I would not even attempt to counsel him.

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Manager Joe Maddon said he was surprised by the new accusations.

"We questioned him on it", Epstein said. "The important thing here is that justice and fairness is ultimately found", Epstein told reporters.

In a detailed post published Wednesday, Reidy-Russell detailed how her relationship with her unnamed former spouse stripped away her "self-worth & self-respect" and left her depressed. I simply could not wrap my head around it, it tore me apart.

Addison Russell was not with the Chicago Cubs for their game against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, and it sounds as if he will not return to the team for the remainder of the season in the wake of some new domestic violence allegations that surfaced against him. "I knew he was the one, every bone in my body knew he was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with".

The couple's divorce was finalized August 30.

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