Cubs' Russell banned 40 games for domestic violence

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Oct 04 2018 10:26 AM

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell (27) flips the ball to Javier Baez (9) for the out against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning at Chase Field. Rick Scuteri, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

NEW YORK -- Chicago Cubs star Addison Russell has been suspended for 40 games for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced the suspension in a statement issued Wednesday.

Addison had been on administrative leave as MLB investigated allegations of domestic abuse made by his former wife, Melisa Reidy Russell.

Russell's unpaid suspension is retroactive to September 21 and he has agreed not to appeal the suspension, MLB said.

"My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Addison Russell violated Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy," Manfred said.

"Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Russell violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will cover 40 games."

Allegations of domestic violence against Russell were posted by a third party on social media in 2017, but Reidy-Russell declined to talk to MLB at the time.

Last month Reidy-Russell herself alleged that she suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her husband throughout their two year marriage.

That prompted MLB to place Russell on administrative leave.

Russell, who was hampered by right shoulder trouble and a swollen finger on his left hand as he batted .250 with five homers this season, was on leave when the Cubs were eliminated the wild card game of the National League playoffs on Tuesday.

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