Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been suspended for 40 games without pay after an investigation into domestic abuse claims by the MLB commission.
In a statement, Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred, Jr. said the suspension is for violating MLB’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, WLS reported.
Russell’s ex-wife, Melisa Reidy-Russell, wrote on a blog that Russell had physically abused her during their marriage.
“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. 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,” Manfred said in a statement.
The league said Russell has agreed not to appeal the decision.
Russell released a statement following the decision, saying, “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. I wish my ex-wife well and hope we can live in peace for the benefit of our child.