Russell has previously disputed the allegations against him, but he will be accepting the suspension. I know that I'm going to be OK ... The unpaid suspension of Russell is retroactive to September 21st. Four other suspensions have been greater than Russell's, including the 100-game suspension given to Padres pitcher Jose Torres in June in a case that involved criminal charges of assault with a deadly weapon.
Russell, who was accused of abuse by ex-wife Melisa Reidy-Russell, will participate in a confidential and comprehensive evaluation and treatment program supervised by the Joint Policy Board, per terms of the policy. In another post, a user described by Reidy as a close friend claimed Russell had "hit" his wife.
Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said he's not sure what the odds are of Russell playing another game for the Cubs. Reidy declined to talk to Major League Baseball at the time because she decided it was not in her family's best interests, her attorney, Thomas Field, said previous year.
An All-Star and World Series champion, had been on paid administrative leave while Major League Baseball investigated allegations the 24-year-old verbally and physically abused his wife of three years Melisa Reidy - formerly Reidy-Russell. "And I know how hard it is to feel trapped and alone and distant". What did I do for him to want to put his hands on me?. "But clearly, because this happened, we should all be asking, 'Can we do more?'"
The Cubs have been willing to employ players following suspensions under the domestic violence policy before.
In his fourth season with the Cubs, Russell appeared in 130 games for the team this year, batting.250 with five home runs, 38 runs batted in and an OPS.657. "Domestic violence is everybody's problem, and so we can all find a way to be part of the solution and that's the way I'm personally going to attack it and I think we should all attack it going forward".