Addison Russell will not play in tonight’s Chicago rivalry game between the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, according to David Kaplan. This news comes just hours after Russell’s ex-wife, Melissa Reidy-Russell, wrote in a lengthy blog post alleging that Russell physically and emotionally abused her.
The first time I was physically mistreated by my spouse, I was in shock. I couldn’t wrap my head around what just happened…Why did he get so angry? What did I do for him to want to put his hands on me? Of course I forgave him & assumed it would never happen again. I just thought he had let his emotions get the best of him, he loves me and he’s sorry. I was deeply hurt that he could even be capable of this behavior towards me, I couldn’t understand how the man I was so in love with, the FATHER of my child, the man I married just a few months ago could show such aggression towards me… I simply could not wrap my head around it, it tore me apart. As much as I tried to pretend it never happened, I noticed myself avoiding making him angry in anyway in fear of it happening again. I saw a darkness in him I’ve never seen or experienced in him or anyone else. Slowly but surely I realized the man I grew to love so much was becoming more and more of a stranger to me everyday that went by.
Last year, Melissa took to social media to publicly out Addison cheating on her. A friend made a comment on that post that alleged physical abuse by the Cubs’ player. Reidy-Russell filed for divorce a few weeks later, but did not cooperate into a MLB investigation into the domestic abuse allegations at the time. Expect MLB to renew that request in light of today’s disclosures.