The MLBPA released a statement on behalf of Cubs shortstop Addison Russell who was placed on leave by MLB after new allegations against him of domestic abuse surfaced Friday.
“These allegations are completely false,” the statement read. “I made that clear to Major League Baseball last year and reiterated it to the Cubs today. I’m confident any full and fair investigation will fully exonerate me. The protection of my children is foremost in my mind so I will have no further comment.”
The Major League Baseball Players Association is releasing the following statement on behalf of Addison Russell pic.twitter.com/lQkp8GMdN0
— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) September 22, 2018
Russell was placed on leave by MLB after a blog post, presumed to be written by Russell’s ex-wife Melisa Reidy-Russell, emerged Friday detailing the alleged abuse.
MLB has been investigating allegations of abuse by Russell since June. The couple’s divorce was finalized Aug. 30.
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