Addison Russell's Wife Files for Divorce, Won't Speak with MLB for Investigation

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 21, 2017

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13:  Addison Russell #27 of the Chicago Cubs looks on during batting practice before the game against the New York Mets on June 13, 2017 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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As Major League Baseball continues to investigate domestic violence allegations against Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, his wife, Melisa Russell, has filed for divorce. 

Per ESPN.comthe law firm representing Melisa issued a statement Wednesday announcing the divorce proceedings between the two parties and said she won't meet with MLB to discuss the allegations against Russell. 

"It is her desire to pursue a resolution that is, first and foremost, in the best interest of the parties' son, and which occurs in a swift, amicable and private fashion," the statement issued by Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP on Melisa's behalf said. 

Allegations of domestic violence involving Russell stem from a since-deleted Instagram post made by Melisa in which she suggested the couple was breaking up after one year of marriage, per Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. 

A comment on the post made by a woman Russell's wife referred to as a close friend accused Russell of being "mentally and physically" abusive. 

Russell denied the allegations made against him in a statement released June 8.

"Any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful," Russell's statement said, via Big League Stew. "For the well-being of my family, I'll have no further comment." 

The Cubs also issued a statement on the same day, announcing they would "fully cooperate" with the Commissioner's Office investigation into the situation. 

Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department, told the Associated Press there isn't an open police investigation into the allegations against Russell.

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