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MLB Star Addison Russell Hit With Massive Suspension After Allegedly Abusing His Ex-Wife

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell will miss a large chunk of next season after being hit with a huge suspension.

TMZ reported the following:

Chicago Cubs star Addison Russell has been suspended 40 games for violating the MLB’s domestic abuse policy … after his ex-wife accused him of physically and verbally abusing her.

Melisa Reidy — who has one child with Russell — accused the shortstop of name calling, intimidating with personal force and putting his hands on her during their 2-year marriage.

The allegations initially went public last year … but Reidy says she was not ready to cooperate with the league’s investigation until after their divorce was finalized.

As I’ve said many times before, I simply don’t understand what appears to be a never-ending stream of stories in sports about violence against women. The NFL has a litany of problems and now one of the biggest names in baseball is going to miss a quarter of a season.

 

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Apparently this isn’t crystal clear to everybody, but you shouldn’t ever get into a situation in which you’re physical with a significant other. You just shouldn’t. Now, it’s important to note that Russell was never charged with a crime. However, we all know pro sports leagues don’t need a conviction to suspend anybody. Look no further than Ezekiel Elliott in the NFL if you need proof of this fact. (RELATED: A Woman Was Allegedly Raped At The Home Of Two NFL Players. The Details Are Horrific)

 

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These players need to start to understand that actions have consequences, and violence against women is a public relations nightmare for any league. It’s about as bad of a problem as you can have. After the Ray Rice incident, teams aren’t playing around anymore.

They’re moving swiftly. Hopefully, Russell’s suspension sends a message to everybody in the MLB that the people running the show mean business.

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