As the Cubs offseason begins on Wednesday afternoon, we have gotten word of an official resolution to MLB’s investigation into domestic violence allegations against Addison Russell. Per a league announcement, Russell will be suspended for 40 games, retroactive to September 21.
League announces Addison Russell has been suspended 40 games retroactive to September 21. pic.twitter.com/Noa5mbPLIl
— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) October 3, 2018
MLB placed Russell on administrative leave and reopened their investigation into allegations of domestic violence in late September after Melisa Reidy, his ex-wife, published a blog post with allegations of abuse. Reidy also shed some light on her decision to come forward with these details and how difficult this process has been for her and her family since the first reports surfaced last season.
Investigators reportedly spoke with a number of people connected to the situation, which guided the decision to ultimately suspend Russell. As per the release from the Commissioner’s Office, the investigation found that Russell violated MLB’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy. Russell does not receive pay while he is serving the suspension, and he will not appeal the decision.