Russell calls domestic abuse allegations ‘false and hurtful’

Posted: 11/06/2017 in MLB, Sports
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Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell denied domestic abuse allegations Thursday after it was reported that Major League Baseball plans to investigate accusations involving Russell and his wife.

“Any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful,” Russell said in a brief statement acquired by Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. “For the well-being of my family, I’ll have no further comment.”

Russell’s wife, Melissa, posted a series of items on social media Wednesday night claiming that she was “cheated on, lied to, and disrespected.” Another post on Instagram from Melissa’s friend claimed that Russell hit his wife in front of their children.

The Cubs are also looking into the situation.

“Last night, we were made aware of a serious claim posted on social media about Addison Russell,” the Cubs said in a statement. “We reached out to Major League Baseball and, following the protocol established by MLB, will fully cooperate with the Commissioner’s Office as it gathers pertinent facts. Addison will not be in uniform tonight to allow him to work through this matter.”


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