Russell releases statement on domestic abuse allegations

Russell releases statement on domestic abuse allegations

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was bombarded by a slew of increasingly troubling accusations on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Addison Russell from the Chicago Cubs released a prepared statement in response to the allegations of domestic violence made against him through social media. The allegations came from a comment on the now-deleted post from someone who claimed to be a close friend of Russell's wife, that accused the player of physically abusing Melisa, ESPN reports. Both posts have since been deleted.

Major League Baseball vice president Pat Courtney told USA Today Sports on Thursday that it "will look into the allegations". According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Major League Baseball is now investigating allegations of domestic violence.

He is batting.209 with three home runs and 19 RBI in 54 games this season and has alternated with Javier Baez at shortstop. "If we need him today, you will see him in the game also". Interestingly, Addison Russell was not in the lineup that game.

The news about Russell surprised teammates, some saying they were reserving judgment until the issue is resolved. I love him here. "I felt sad, man", Russell told reporters. "You just want to find out what's going on". The 27-year-old is coming off a superb 2016 campaign in which he went 16-8, led the National League with a 2.13 ERA and finished third in NL Cy Young Award voting. "It's only going to make you a better player, a better person at the end of the day". "I just feel like the work I've been doing (with the coaches), just trying to shorten everything up is allowing me to be more relaxed at the plate and just feel more comfortable in the box".

Reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant called the news "unfortunate" and "shocking". I think he's really good.

Russell said that he felt "sad" that he spent Thursday away from the team and the ballpark, and said that baseball is what he loves to do. "But Addy's gonna find a way to handle it". "Other than that, there's really not much to say at this point".