MLB looking into domestic abuse allegation against Cubs shortstop Addison Russell


LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 19: Addison Russell #27 of the Chicago Cubs watches as he hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game four of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO — Major League Baseball is looking into a domestic violence allegation made against Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell.

“We are looking into the situation,” MLB Chief Communications Officer Pat Courtney told WGN.

Russell’s wife Melisa suggested in several Instagram posts that the couple was breaking up. In the comments of one of those posts, a woman Russell’s wife referred to as a close friend, alleged him of “mentally and physically abusing her.”

The comment from “@carlierreed” from a since deleted Instagram post says: “Hateful is cheating on your wife, mentally & physically abusing her. Melisa didn’t want that out but I’ll say it. He hit her. In front of Aiden & Mila. But let’s worry about Melisa being ‘hateful.’ She was loyal, forgiving & kind still is. She found condoms in his apartment yesterday. Should I keep the list going??”

According to the Sun-Times, MLB is investigating the posts and is expected to interview the wife and her friend under its domestic violence policy.

The Cubs have not yet responded to WGN’s request for comment.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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