After being placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball on Friday following new details in his domestic violence case coming to light, Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has denied the accusations leveled against him.
Russell addressed the situation in a statement on Friday, per the MLB Players Association:
Major League Baseball opened an investigation into allegations against Russell last June after his now-ex-wife, Melisa Reidy-Russell, took to Instagram to say he cheated on her and lied to her. A friend of Reidy-Russell's also left an Instagram comment claiming Russell was "mentally and physically abusing [Reidy-Russell]."
Russell denied those allegations.
"Any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful," Russell said in June 2017, according to the Chicago Sun-Time's Gordon Wittenmyer. "For the well-being of my family, I’ll have no further comment."
The case re-entered the spotlight recently when Reidy-Russell published a blog post this week to detail the "toxic environment" she was previously in with her ex-husband. In the post, she says there was infidelity as well as emotional and verbal abuse.
In response to Reidy-Russell's post, MLB opted to keep Russell from playing as the league continues to investigate:
The Cubs also issued a statement to make it clear they will cooperate with the investigation, via Yahoo Sports:
Chicago currently holds a two-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central with nine games to play.
Russell, 24, has a .250 average with five home runs, 21 doubles, one triple and 38 RBI in 130 games this season. Javy Baez slid over to shortstop in Russell's place on Friday, with Daniel Murphy playing second.