Cubs release statement on Russell abuse allegations

Cubs release statement on Russell abuse allegations

Reidy-Russell, whose marriage was officially dissolved in a Florida court August 30, made the allegations in a post titled "You no longer have a secret, you have a story", but did not describe the exact nature of the abuse. Cubs president Theo Epstein is expected to address the team and then media this afternoon.

Major League Baseball caught wind of the deleted comment and opened an investigation of Russell under its then-new domestic violence protocol. Melisa Russell declined to participate in the investigation at that time. But as their relationship continued, the physical, verbal and emotional abuse continued, especially when "he was under the influence", Reidy-Russell wrote. "We are hopeful that this new information will allow us to complete the investigation as promptly as possible".

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told The Associated Press that the department has not launched a criminal investigation "at this point", but detectives will look at the allegations "further and have already reached out to the Cubs".

Russell repeatedly denied the allegations. The league said Reidy had declined to cooperate with investigators past year, but new efforts would be made. What did I do for him to want to put his hands on me?.

"Obviously, we take it very, very seriously", added Cubs owner Tom Ricketts.

Epstein and Maddon both said they knew Russell well professionally, but hadn't talked to him about his personal life.

Manager Joe Maddon said he was surprised by the new accusations. I would not even attempt to counsel him. "The important thing here is that justice and fairness is ultimately found. Timing isn't ideal, but it doesn't matter". The post, by "lifewithmelis31037303" (Reidy-Russell's name isn't on the lengthy piece), included a profile picture atop the blog that shows a woman walking away from the camera alongside a child. Russell is not named in the post, nor is his ex-wife listed as the author, but the information in the blog aligns with Reidy's previous public allegations against Russell. I simply could not wrap my head around it, it tore me apart.

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