CHICAGO, Illinois — Filipino-American shortstop Addison Russell, who played a prominent role in winning the Chicago Cubs’ World Series championship last season, is under scrutiny over accusations of infidelity and domestic violence.
Melisa Russell, Russell’s half-Filipina wife, posted on Instagram a photo of herself and wrote: “Being free to be able to make your own choices for your own happiness beats being cheated on, lied to, & disrespected any day.”
Melisa’s friend, in another post, accused the 23-year old Russell of mentally and physically abusing Melisa.
Although the social media posts have been deleted, fans in Filipino community here were in shock.
In an exclusive statement with Balitang America, Addison’s mother, Milany Russell, said: “Divorce should be a private matter. We, his family, will continue to support our son, and believe his allegations of abuse is false. We will continue to pray for both Addison and Melisa as they go through this terrible breakup.”
Last year, Addison, had a .238 batting average, 21 home runs and 95 RBIs. This year, Addison is batting .209 with 3 home runs and 19 RBIs.
Sports analysts say Russell is not performing to the standard that made him an All-Star last year.
Cubs president Theo Epstein said Thursday in a press conference that the team is going to act appropriately and, at this time, there is no suspension.
Russell also issued a statement saying, “Any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful. For the well-being of my family, I’ll have no further comment.”
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