Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

MLB gives Russell 40-game ban under domestic violence policy

MLB gives Russell 40-game ban under domestic violence policy

The verdict has finally been reached on the Addison Russell dilemma, as it has been reported by Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago that the Major League Baseball will suspend the Chicago Cubs shortstop under their domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.

Russell won't appeal the suspension, which is retroactive to September 21.

"My office has completed it's investigation into the allegations that Addison Russell violated Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy", said Commissioner Rob Manfred in the statement.

Among the suspensions Major League Baseball has doled out under the policy, Russell's 40 games is the fifth-longest.

Reidy published a blog post in September describing more detailed allegations, including years of physical and emotional abuse.

Russell quickly denied the accusations over the summer and said in a statement that "any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful".

"Right now, we're kind of going day by day", Manfred said.

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The suspension news broke just before Cubs president Theo Epstein's end-of-season press conference on Wednesday afternoon, and while he said he had only had a few minutes to digest the outcome, Epstein spoke more at length about the situation than he had yet. Russell agreed not to appeal the suspension, per the agreement.

Russell, 24, is eligible for arbitration three more times, and, on that basis, the Cubs could keep him under team control for three more seasons if they wanted.

The case began in June of previous year when a friend of his ex-wife published a quickly deleted instagram post accusing him of physically abusing his wife.

I think we've seen the last of Addison Russell with the Cubs. "So that's how I'm looking at it as we move into this next phase".

Russell, a 2016 All-Star who has struggled at the plate and with injuries since then, is not expected to return to the Cubs - who shopped him in trade talks last season without getting strong enough response.

The allegations were first made in June 2017, following an Instagram post on Reidy's account in which she accused Russell of cheating on her. "I took it upon myself to do what I needed to do regardless what could happen, financially".

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