Reidy-Russell, whose marriage was officially dissolved in a Florida court August 30, made the allegations in an post titled, "You no longer have a secret, you have a story", but did not describe the exact nature of the abuse.
Russell called the claim "false and hurtful" in a statement.
MLB's domestic violence policy has resulted in at least eight suspensions since it was instituted in 2016, including one that year of one-time Cubs' closer Aroldis Chapman and the more recent high-profile suspension for 75 games of then-Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna (now with the Astros). When the allegations against Addison Russell became public on June 7, 2017, the Commissioner's Office's Department of Investigations immediately commenced an investigation. Those came to light after Reidy-Russell publicly revealed that Russell had cheated on her.
"Emotional/verbal abuse started way before I even realized, eventually it started to be an everyday thing", she said.
Rediy-Russell has a different account. The two share a 3-year-old son together.
- "The first time I was physically mistreated by my spouse, I was in shock". "Being blamed for just about anything that went wrong, name calling, intimidating me with personal force, manipulating me to think I was the problem, destroying my personal things, threatening me to "send" me & our son home to my parents as if I was privileged to be living in our home". "What did I do for him to want to put his hands on me?" the author wrote. I just thought he had let his emotions get the best of him, he loves me and he's sorry. 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. He's struggled mightily lately, hitting.158 with a.377 OPS in September.