Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Melisa Reidy-Russell Is Brave, Addison Russell Is A Coward

Melisa Reidy-Russell Is Brave, Addison Russell Is A Coward

"I couldn't wrap my head around what just happened".

"Of course I forgave him & assumed it would never happen again".

"Major League Baseball takes all allegations of Domestic Violence seriously".

-"When it began to set in for him that I was really serious about not wanting this marriage anymore, he just about lost his mind". The post was later deleted.

"With the new details revealed in today's blog post by Ms. Russell, Mr. Russell has been placed on Administrative Leave in accordance with the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy".

Abuse allegations first surfaced in June 2017, when a person who had been identified as a close friend of Reidy-Russell accused Russell, via social media, of "mentally and physically abusing her".

As MLB said in its statement Friday, its investigation into Russell remains open following previous allegations of abuse by a friend of Reidy-Russell.


Russell repeatedly denied the allegations.

The author's revelations allege emotional and verbal abuse as well as domestic violence. After treating her like "a queen" at first, things took a turn.

"Emotional/verbal abuse started way before I even realized, eventually it started to be an everyday thing", she said. Reidy later filed for divorce, and while she posted on Instagram about his infidelity, she never spoke publicly.

MLB officials first launched an investigation into the allegations in June 2017, although Melisa Reidy-Russell declined to participate in the probe at that time, according to the league's statement.

"Feeling as bad about myself as I already did, on top of finding out about him cheating on me again, put me into a rage to finally just leave, enough is enough, I couldn't [bear] to sit in our "home" any longer and fall deeper and deeper into depression", the post continued. I encourage everyone to read it, and to have some empathy for how hard it must have been for her to do this now, and how unfair it would be to have demanded that she was in a place to do it a year ago when the relationship dissolved.

Major League Baseball officials, Cubs officials and Russell's camp did not immediately respond to requests for comment and information Friday morning.

He was not with the team Friday afternoon.

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