Major League Baseball is investigating domestic violence allegations against one of the Chicago Cubs’ young stars.
The drama began Wednesday night when Cubs shortstop Addison Russell’s wife, Melisa Russell, posted on Instagram during the team’s game against the Miami Marlins that her husband cheated on her, and implied the two were breaking up. A comment related to the post by a friend of Melisa Russell also accused the player of physically abusing his wife.
The Instagram post and subsequent comment were later deleted.
Thursday afternoon, Addison Russell released a statement responding to the claims, “Any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful,” said Russell. “For the well-being of my family, I’ll have no further comment.”
Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Associated Press that the department “does not have any current investigation” into Russell or allegations of domestic violence.
A Cubs official told ESPN that the team is looking into the matter, but would have no comment at this time.
In 2015, Major League Baseball and the players union agreed to a new domestic violence policy. Former Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman was suspended 30 games under that policy last season.
Russell is out of the Cubs’ lineup for their series opener against the Colorado Rockies Thursday night. It’s unclear if it’s related to the allegations. Russell has been in and out of the Cubs’ starting lineup after struggling to start out the year. The shortstop is hitting .209 with three home runs and 19 RBIs.