Addison Russell Put on Administrative Leave after D.V. Allegations Resurface

Earlier this morning, Addison Russell's now ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, published a blog post in which she detailed the extent to which Russell had physically and verbally abused her over the course of their marriage. The Cubs have since responded by placing Russell on administrative leave pending a MLB investigation.

I will warn you, Melisa's story not an easy read. But I would strongly encourage each of you to read it.

If you recall, roughly a year ago, an Instagram comment by a friend of Reidy’s was made public after it alleged abuse by Russell. Reidy and Russell separated, the MLB tried to investigate, but then it all just...went away.

Now, we have the details from the victim herself. This is no longer a poorly kept secret based on a social media comment by a friend. This is a woman saying her husband, someone she trusted and loved, beat her physically and emotionally...sometimes even in front of their son.

"About a month after leaving, I returned for a visit so my son could see his father, also in hopes that maybe, just maybe I’d see a change in my husband. But, as I expected our visit was a nightmare, I swore to myself it would be the last time he’d lay his hands on me & it would be that last time I’d let my son be a witness to it."

So what now? I don't just mean for Russell. I mean for all of us. How do we handle this as fans? How do the Cubs handle this a team? How does the front office handle this as it relates to trying to win? What do we do?

Everyone will have their opinion, but I would be beg you to not only consider the baseball side of things as you talk about this with friends or discuss it online. Think about Melisa. Think about her son. Think about what they've gone through and how little she will get for sharing her story. Her life most likely isn't made better by drawing attention to her struggle with millions of people that enjoy watching her abuser play baseball.

But let's go back to the question, what does everyone do now? I think, in reality, it ends up being pretty simple.

What do we do as fans? We say no to domestic violence.

What do the Cubs do? They say no to domestic violence.

What does the front office do? They say no to domestic violence.

What does the MLB do? They say no to domestic violence.

The cycle has to end. This is way bigger than sports, a playoff race, or a team. This is about telling the world that there is no place in baseball for individuals who abuse their spouse.

The Cubs have taken the right first step in placing Russell on administrative leave. Now it'll be up the MLB to conduct an investigation. They will do their due diligence and then hopefully will hand Russell a hefty suspension. But he'll be back. Just like Chapman. Just like Reyes. Just like Osuna. They're always back.

But for the sake of Chicago, let's hope Addison Russell has already played his last game as a Cub.

 

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  • MLB placed him on leave, not the Cubs.

    No matter the results of the investigation, I'd say Russell is a strong non-tender candidate at this point.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    Cubs placed him on leave. MLB is investigating.

  • In reply to Myles Phelps:

    Not sure where you're seeing this. MLB issued a statement saying "...Mr. Russell has been placed on Administrative Leave in accordance with the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy."

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    This is correct and the Chicago cubs agree with MLBs decision

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    You're right and I'm wrong here. My apologies.

  • If the allegations are proved true, he should go to jail like any other person accused of DV would go. I'd be surprised if he ever put a Cub uniform on another time.

  • I’m assuming that administrative leave means that he is still being paid by the Chicago Cubs but he is to be nowhere around the team in the ball park or the locker room?

  • In reply to Skidoorunner:

    Pending the results of MLBs investigation

  • Russell has played his last game with the Cubs.

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    This is so toxic that I hope the Cubs and Russell part ways immediately. I hope also that we don't trade him--we shouldn't profit in any way from this. I realize that we're only hearing one side, but she is so compelling that I don't doubt it in the least. I hope he can get help, but for now I don't want to see him play again here.

  • It’s over, Addison Russells cubs career is done. What’s crazy is he got the only hit and drew a walk vs a dude who was mowing down the whole lineup in his last game.

    Gonna miss the Russell & Baez dp’s. Very unfortunate situation, domestic violence can’t be tolerated and the cubs certainly won’t allow him back he’s done.

  • I was always conflicted with Chapman pitching for us in 2016. But somehow that magical season made it easier to stomach his own DV problems. I won’t make that mistake with Russell.

  • What a lousy, one-sided article. You have arbitrarily deemed the man guilty with no recourse on the basis of a posting by an angry ex-wife. When will people ever learn. Society has gone so overboard on this issue that women are having the time of their lives destroying men and their career. Writers like you not only allow it to happen but actually press the issue. Have you learned nothing? Duke Lacrosse, Clarence Thomas, all the college accusations that have been found to be untrue and now we have people falling all over themselves making sure "they are fair" to the accuser of a judicial nominee. All these things happen based on a written post. Innocent until proven guilty-right to face your accuser-justice under the law? Not any more and writers such as yourself perpetuate the fallacy. For shame.

  • In reply to veteran:

    Thanks for the response. I'd caution us to make sure we're not victim blaming as well.

  • In reply to Myles Phelps:

    Victim blaming would be wrong. Accuser questioning, especially in light of a lack of evidence, is entirely appropriate.

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    In reply to Myles Phelps:

    We won’t unlike you who accepts everything the lady says. Probably true but again let the story and hearing and trial play out

  • In reply to veteran:

    When the women who come forward know they are facing rape culture views such as yours, it gives legitimacy to their voice. The fact they know, before saying anything, that their entire world will be ripped apart for public display, makes clear they dont come forward without much thought going into it. Your flippant attitude regarding women coming forward shows you have no clue how difficult that can be. Your choice to use Clarence Thomas as a part of your case shows how little you care about actually listening to the victims of all kinds of abuse.

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    In reply to CubbieBlueTX:

    it Is possible someone accused is innocent. Your attitude is guilty until proven innocent. The proper action was taken. Now it must play out in a court of law.

  • In reply to veteran:

    Do you have a wife or daughter or maybe a mother? Shame

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    In reply to TheSarge#36:

    Baloney

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    This is an inappropriate personal attack. Shame, yourself. He's asking that we don't rush to judgement, not taking sides before the evidence is presented. His mother probably taught him that. Didn't yours?

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Agreed 100%. I grew up in a house with DV - my mother was beaten regularly, until I was old enough to beat my father and stop him.

    I also know that many times my mother goaded and provoked my father despite knowing what would happen. It doesn’t excuse my father’s behaviour even 1%, but sometimes we do not know the full facts when we comment on such stories.

  • In reply to Hustlelikereed:

    Powerful story. I, fortunately, don't have that experience, but know many who do. And your description of abhorring your father's behavior while admitting your mother's instigation is a story that is all too familiar. I've seen that situation as well, and while the adults wallow in their dysfunctional relationship it is the children who truly suffer.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Your right Cliff. All women should be kept barefoot, pregnant and in the Kitchen. Just called my mom. She agrees.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    Are you incapable of making your point without personal attacks? Nobody said anything about "barefoot and pregnant," except you. Asking for a fair investigation before making a judgment is a far cry from subjugating women.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    Please keep it civil.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    I have a wife. I have a daughter. I have a mother.

    I would hate for any of them, as well as my son, or my father, to be considered guilty of an unsubstantiated charge until proven innocent. It flies in the face of what we, as a country believe, or at least should believe. The shame should be on YOUR part.

    If the investigation finds cause to believe her over him, then he should be banned from baseball forever.

  • There should be zero tolerance in MLB for a guy who beats his wife.

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    We all hate domestic violence and will no tolerate it. But guilty until proven innocent is wearing on me

  • agreed. it appears many in this country want to throw out due process, and all accusations are now true no matter what. no one is excusing domestic violence, but its abhorrent that the conclusion many on the left immediately come to is if you would like to wait and see if the claims hold up, that you are for domestic violence. this goes back to a much deeper issue in the country i'm afraid

  • I don't condone domestic abuse in any form, but am I the only one who's a little suspicious of how this process has gone down? Most of the comments on this topic and the majority of Myles article come from the perspective that Russell is guilty. Is there ANY evidence, outside of Melissa's claims, that Russell is guilty of anything? Any police record? Treatment of injury? Corroborating witnesses? Even her blog post is is short of details. No descriptive words like "hit," "strike," punch," "choke." What does "hands on me" refer to? I'm suspicious of her "disclosure" of sexual details, that he allegedly claimed she isn't good in the sack. How does that support her claim? There's the repeated emphasis on his "cheating," including her Instagram post that brought this whole mess to light. These denigrate Addy's character while contributing nothing to the allegations of abuse. Until an investigation is complete - an investigation with her cooperation - we don't know for sure if this is a cry for help from an abused woman or a vindictive money-grab from a jilted ex. The timing, just after the divorce becomes final and just before the playoffs, doesn't make me less suspicious.

    Like most on here, I feel that at least some of the allegations will prove to be true, but I'm not ready to get out the tar and feathers just yet.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    The issue with the money grab argument, is that her and her childs financial well being is directly impacted by an allegation that will make it harder for him to ever get a huge contract.

  • In reply to CubbieBlueTX:

    I don't know - the players listed in Myles' article are doin' OK. Time will tell.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    What sucks is at best he is a lousy cheating husband and poor father. At worst, if proven true, he is a thug wife beater.

    Either way this is a bad look for him. And his personal life has put the Cubs in the cross-hairs of unwanted and unnecessary attention. I really do not see how he ever plays for the Cubs again.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    I agree entirely - but I'd guess there are a lot of lousy cheating husbands and poor fathers on MLB payrolls. As long as they aren't accused of beating their wives, we never hear about it (at least until the paternity suit comes out...)

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    There likely are a lot of cheaters and bad dad's on MLB rosters, but they have not been "outed" like this. Teams nowadays talk about locker-room "culture" and the more this stuff becomes public, the less tolerance there will be. I speculated months ago that Addy was a distraction to the Cubs locker room as all these young guys have new wives and fiancees. I can only imagine the conversations they had after road trips because of what was divulged from Addy's choices. "Who did you go to dinner with? What time did you get back? Did you go with Addy?" I could really see this being a problem. And now I believe this will be the straw which breaks the camels back. He may very end up playing in MLB again, but it won't be with the Cubs.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Agreed. IF Russell plays again, it'll be elsewhere.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    I cheating husband certainly sucks. But I must have missed the evidence that he is a cheating husband. Did he admit it? Has a woman come forward and claimed he slept with her? Has it been established by witnesses. If it has, then he is certainly a bad husband, and in my opinion, a bad person. But as far as I know, the only evidence we have of that is the unsubstantiated charge of an angry ex wife.

    The same situation seems to apply to how good a father he is. Is he to be considered to be guilty until proven innocent? What kind of person accepts that kind of policy?

  • In reply to CaptainDave:

    He has a child with another woman

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    He had that child before they married. You can't cheat on your wife if you don't have a wife.

  • In reply to CaptainDave:

    I believe he has 3 children with 3 women

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I'm gonna decline to comment on this subject in general because honestly it's hard to have an intelligent and respectful conversation about this subject because most people are either strongly on one side or the other. But I personally wondered about whether Melissa Russell had an agenda here financially but as they're divorced doesn't she basically own half of what he owns anyways? I'm not very familiar with the how child support and alimony works so I'm just wondering how this could sabotaging Russell's career benefits her financially. Not disagreeing with you just curious if anyone has knowledge on this subject.

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Vengeance

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    From my vast experience as a divorcee 30 years ago...everything differs from state to state and depending on whether there was an agreement or court-imposed decisions on those issues. We don't know the details of the settlement and it's entirely possible she is sacrificing millions in future income to tell her story. It is possible, however, that she could use her part in the upcoming investigation as leverage for something she wants now. Not saying it's what she's doing, but bitter things happen in a divorce...

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    True good points I'm by no means implying foul play or lying by Russell's ex-wife for the record to all but I was just curious if there was anything for her to gain in sharing her story I've seen 1st hands what people are willing to do for financial/self benefit so I always try to get both perspectives. In the scenario that she does have something major to gain then I can understand being skeptical about her story especially given the fact that she didn't go into much detail really about the domestic violence angle in general which was something I was personally looking for in her story. I generally don't have a good impression of Russell as a person as I shared in the game recap so I see no reason to trust him and not trust Melissa but there's a fine line between being an awful cheating husband which is bad in itself and beating your wife on a recurring basis. If her story is accurate and she was beaten on a recurring basis then I think it's safe to say Russell's cubs days are numbered. I hope for the best for both of them.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I used a financial example, but there are other disputes in a divorce. A custody / visitation issue or possibly a property issue of some sort is possible as well. It's not uncommon of one party to look for leverage against the other, especially when lawyers are involved.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Keep in mind also that another baby is in the picture. She won’t be the only one looking for support and it sure won’t help him in his defense.
    Where do the Cubs go from here? Just my opinion but I think Russell is history, how is he replaced? What is the DFA scenario? Can he be traded at anytime now also?
    Baez is now our shortstop and I say that is a good thing but we are weakened at 2nd base.....this will not be seamless....
    Bote for all intents and purposes replaces Russell on the roster full time and can play 3 infield positions well....now he needs to learn how to hit big league pitching better.
    As caustic as it sounds....losing Russell isn’t too big a deal to this team.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    This is not a Community Property state, so she does not automatically own half, but if he earned it while they were married, she should get a lot, both of their assets, probably some alimony and a lot of child support. The claims probably wouldn't affect any of that very much.

    However, it might help her in securing full custody of any children, if that is what she wants.

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    In reply to Cliff1969:

    First I want to make it clear that I am not doubting anything she said or went through. I was wondering the same thing w the careful words she used. Its almost like a lawyer helped her write it. Why no action words like Cliff says, no hit, choke, strike, punch, kick, ect. She sure beat around the bush.

    Well I am sure the MLB will get to the bottom of this.

    We just have to be patient and wait.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    That's my one gripe about her story too and I say that while being sensitive to what she's been through and if I were a guessing man I trust her credibility over Russell's and I can only imagine how hard it is for a lot of women to go public with these types of stories. My only thing that I'm griping about is 95% of that story just illustrates that Russell was a bad husband, a bad father, and a constant cheater. That's bad in itself and a lot of people are gonna lose respect for Russell just off those facts alone but peoples careers don't get ruined or destroyed for being a bad husband/wife or a cheater in society. I wanted more context into whether or not he was beating her on a recurring business because that's an incredibly serious charge one that would alter Russell's life and career if it were proven true. Did he slap her once, twice in an argument or was their a pattern of constant abuse. She just didn't address as much about the domestic violence aspect of this case as much as I expected before reading her story although I certainly sympathize with her and I'm glad that she's seemingly doing well with her life.

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Well if I had to bet ( and I am a betting man) this is not her original post word for word or this was written by her legal team.

    Its like she purposely ( prob more likely her legal team) decided to be vague on the physical abuse.

    I just hope she's not holding it like a trump card.

    The reason I say that is I am pretty sure she has evidence of her abuse whether its pictures or video or what not. She hired her BF as her nanny and if its the same girl that posted all the stuff last yr, she loves living her life in public so its fairly safe to assume they took some pics of the abuse.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    That is a valid point. The post is almost a generic story that could apply to just about every marriage. Other than mentions of the children, there is nothing that would be unique to Russell and his wife. She mentions his coming home from his job. unless I missed it, she never mentions baseball, the Cubs, or any of the things that would place stress specifically on a baseball family. No mention of long absences on long road trips. No mention of long hours after night games. Nothing that personalizes the story, including, as was mentioned before, no mention of specifics as far as the physical abuses, and not even anything specific about the mental abuses.

    I am not saying that it is not true. Just that it presents no specific evidence that would support her case. If she has doctor's reports, police reports, videos or pictures, she needs to present them.

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    Yes the article was quite the rush to judgement. Maybe could be probably true but anyone deserves a hearing to face their accuser and receive a fair and proper hearing

  • That pretty much sums it up. There is truth, her truth, his truth, absolute truth, partial truth, and we should remember one is innocent until proven guilty in this country. Her story is alarming.

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    In reply to 44slug:

    I mean this is the most most respectable way possible, but there is only one truth. I know, I’m an alternative fact world, we hear differently these days about multiple truths, but there is only one truth. There are multiple perspectives for how an event(s) took place, but only one truth for how the events unfolded. Truth is different than opinion and
    Interpretation.

  • In reply to cubsben:

    I agree actually, but for now I've only heard one side of the issue. Admitting, it could be true. Sounds credible.

  • Everyone, please do not direct insults at other posters. Thank you.

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    Innocent until proven guilty is one of the tenets of our country and something that everyone should be reminded of in any case. For so long though we only heard the men’s side of things and never the women’s. Many times it’s a he said/she said situation and there isn’t a video like Ray Rice to convince us. It does seem to me that in many cases the women are right—although as veteran said the Duke lacrosse team was actually innocent. I’d error on the side of caution though and am glad that Addy is on administrative leave.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Thanks again, Jonathan, for bringing a calming voice into a toxic subject. I know this topic invokes strong feelings, whether it be from personal experience or deeply-held values. We have differing opinions, and all are valid to a point. We have seen legitimate abuse and false accusations. It is up to us to have respectful debate at not let the material at hand devolve into personal discourse.

    And now I'll get off my soapbox. I'd like to... well, I don't want to get banned for explaining in great detail what I'd like to do to Addison Russell. I'll just say that I have done nearly everything in my life. "Things I like, I try 'em twice". But there are three rules I live by, that I will never do. One of those is to never hit a woman.

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    Strong article. Thank you for having the courage to take a stance. It appears this was a cycle of abuse over an extended period of time and supported by witnesses. Brave of her to come forward, and thank you for giving the victim the bennefit of doubt. There is no upside for DV victims to come forward except to stop being the victim and take control of their lives. Well done sir.

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    In reply to cubsben:

    Oh there are many reasons financial, political, vengeance, hate control of the children, destroy someone’s lifetime etc. The truth will come all but is naive to believe there aren’t reason to wrongly accuse someone of domestic violence

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    Imagine how Addy's parents, siblings, and close family must feel. She basically said Addy blamed his family for his behavior to some degree. His poor mother worked at the waffle house to support him and his siblings.

    This onion has so many layers to it. I wonder if we will ever hear or find out the truth

  • I understand a lot of people may wonder where's the evidence of abuse etc. but that's what the investigation is for. We have no idea if this woman has documented pics,videos,audio or had witnesses of any of these events she's claiming happened. When married/in a relationship many women will let this stuff go on for months and years and not say anything.She was young and in love and probably didn't want her husband and father of her child getting arrested and ruining his income,image and future earnings.That's what a lot of women do in abusive relationships.I understand the innocent until proven guilty crowd, but just because she's not giving detailed descriptions of things doesn't mean they didn't happen. I think she was just speaking out in general and to any women in abusive relationships.If she cooperates with the mlb investigation I'm sure she'll give them details and they'll make a determination.I doubt she would get a separation and divorce if she was out for the money because russell hasn't earned any big bucks yet.

    Regardless of what happens russell won't ever play for the cubs again, which is sad because he was a highly heralded prospect and his cubs career will end in disappointment for multiple reasons.

  • In reply to bolla:

    For the record now that while I did comment that her story doesn't really dive into the domestic abuse accusations in much detail at all I think most posters have acknowledged that their intuitions are that Melissa is likely telling the truth it's extremely common for domestic abuse victims to have difficulties/refusing sharing their story on what happened so for me it's not very difficult to interpret why she didn't want to cooperate a year ago and is just now strong enough to share her story. I have absolutely no issue with everyone saying that addy is entitled to defend himself with his side of the story and he's innocent until proven guilty but I think you know full well my long standing opinion of russells character bolla even before this news and that's why it just doesn't surprise me much honestly. It's an unfortunate situation and it makes me honestly wonder if billy beane had an intuition that addys character issues would prevent him from reaching his upside. Beane doesn't look nearly as stupid now as he did a few years ago with that trade and off topic what an amazing accomplishment what beane has done with that Oakland roster this year that guy is a sharp one

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I believe her,That blog was pretty compelling.Last year her friend said something about the abuse on twitter or instagram then deleted it and she & russells ex wife wouldn't cooperate with investigators.That seemed suspicious to me.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Of course and let's get real here russell is by far the furthest thing from a choir boy on this entire roster as I've stated all year long when I've constantly criticized his character. That's why I was pushing to try to trade him for machado or someone else I wanted to trade him while he had some value once I learned some troubling facts about his character and how he approaches his job. I have a ton of respect for theo but they had to had to have had some knowledge that this guy is a knuckle head. Should've traded him a long time ago

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I didn't know russell had character issues like that.This is news to me, he seems like a quiet shy dude. I've read you and barley say you've been around him and he's an a- hole to people.wow

    Sad ending, I remember the day the cubs acquired him and how he was hyped.I honestly was scared baez would become expendable and get traded as a result.Trade deadline I was '15 checking twitter and mlb trade rumors every 2 mins with my heart pounding thinking the cubs were gonna trade baez. I remember several people on this blog adamantly saying russell was the better player.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Did your decision that he has character problems come from any sources other than the wife, or friends of the wife that merely related things that the wife told them?

  • In reply to bolla:

    If Russell is innocent why wouldn't he play for the Cubs again?

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    Because he's darwin barney 2.0 he just plays ss instead of 2b. He's not good offensively ,allegations aside I felt russell wasn't gonna be here after this season. 3-4 national writers said the cubs offered russell as part of a package for machado. That's a telling sign

  • In reply to bolla:

    Whatever he is, he is NOT Darwin Barney 2.0. He plays shortstop, a much more important position. He also plays second base, and probably could play third base also. And he has more power than Barney ever dreamed of.

    And he is only 24 years old. Very few players reach their peak at that age.

  • In reply to bolla:

    So if he was having a Baez type year he would come back to the Cubs - correct?

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    2nd complaint. MLB needs to investigate suspend Addison and leave it there till they finish. But anybody abusing their spouses belongs in jail not on a baseball field. But again let them investigate.

  • Perhaps I have not read every post, but I don't believe that anyone on this board advocated that Russell should be retained and play for the Cubs if the charges can be proven to be true. All that most are saying is that careers and lives should not be ruined by unsubstantiated charges.

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