On Wednesday, Chicago Cubs Addison Russell was accused on social media of mentally and physically abusing his wife Melisa, the MLB will be launching an investigation.
Melisa, who married Russell last January, insinuated on an Instagram post that the couple was breaking up. The post, which has since been deleted read, “being free to be able to make your own choices for your own happiness beats being cheated on, lied to, & disrespected any day.”
Prior to the post being removed, a woman claiming to be friends with melisa, accused Russell of mentally and physically abusing his wife, alleging that he hit her in front of his 1-year-old children, Aiden and Mila.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, the MLB is investigating based on the posts and is expected to try to interview both the wife and the friend under its 2-year-old domestic violence policy.
Any potential penalties are at the discretion of the commissioner’s office on a case-by-case basis under the policy.
A team official said the club is looking into the allegation but has no comment at this time.