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.
The Cubs announce that Addison Russell has been place on administrative leave after new allegations surfaced against him from his ex-wife Melisa-Reidy Russell in an essay posted Thursday. @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/QxzngbfNkH
— Larry Hawley (@HawleySports) September 21, 2018
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.