Cubs’ Addison Russell Suspended 40 Games For Violating MLB’s DV Policy

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been suspended 40 games for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Children Abuse Policy amid DV allegations.

“My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Addison Russell violated (MLB)’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “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.”

Russell has accepted and will not appeal the suspension, which took effect on Sept. 21, according to USAToday. He’ll also “participate in a confidential and comprehensive evaluation and treatment program supervised by the Joint Policy Board.”

In September, Russell’s ex-wife Melisa Reidy wrote a blog post claiming he physically abused her during their 2 year marriage. Russell has reportedly denied the allegations.

“After gaining a full understanding of the situation, I have concluded it’s in the best interest of my family to accept MLB’s proposed resolution of this matter,” Russell said in a statement released by his attorneys Wednesday. “I wish my ex-wife well and hope we can live in peace for the benefit of our child.”

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