On Thursday, Addison Russell from the Chicago Cubs released a prepared statement in response to the allegations of domestic violence made against him through social media.
Addison in his statement said that any allegation that he abuses his wife is hurtful and false and for his family’s wellbeing he would not have any further comment to make.
Russell’s statement comes following a report that said Major League Baseball will investigate the allegation of domestic violation against the shortstop for the Cubs.
Russell did not dress for Chicago’s Thursday night game at home against Colorado. The Cubs released a formal statement as well.
The statement said they became aware of the serious allegations that appeared on social media about Russell.
The team contacted Major League Baseball and is following protocol that MLB established and will cooperate fully with the office of the commissioner as pertinent facts are gathered.
The statement said Russell would not dress for Thursday’s game so their player could work through the situation.
Melisa, Russell’s wife, suggested in more than one post late on Wednesday that the couple were splitting following one year of marriage.
In one post on Instagram that was later deleted Melisa wrote that being free to make your own decisions for your happiness was better than being lied to, disrespected and cheated on, any day.
In a comment that came in related to one of Melisa’s posts, a woman that Melisa referred to as being a close friend made an accusation that he had physically and mentally abused her.
Based upon those posts, MLB will investigate and is expected to attempt to hold an interview with both Russell’s wife and her friend under its domestic violence league wide policy that has been in force the past 2 years.
An official with the Cubs said the team was looking into the woman’s allegation but did not have any comment at the time. A spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department said no active investigation by the department was taking place.
Kris Bryant the Cubs starting third baseman was the first teammate of Russell’s to speak about the allegations. He said Thursday he had been surprised by them and said it is something his teammate must handle.
Russell has had his struggles most of the season currently hitting just .209 with only three homers. He and Javy Baez have shared shortstop duties ever since the team’s most recent road trip.