Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was bombarded by a slew of increasingly troubling accusations on Wednesday.
His wife, Melisa, accused him in an Instagram post of cheating on her, and in the comments section of that post, her friend said Russell also hit Melisa in front of their two children.
“Being free to be able to make your own choices for your own happiness beats being cheated on, lied to, & disrespected any day. #herestonewbeginnings #onlygetsbetterfromhere,” Melisa wrote.
After her friend’s comment alleging physical abuse became public, according to Larry Brown Sports, Melisa followed with another social media message addressing the accusations.
“My post is meant to be empowering, not degrading. At all. I hope it empowers women and inspires other women to ‘not take s–t’ from anyone, regardless of who they are. Hoping to empower other women to stand up for themselves is not a crime AND … i think it’s brave and REAL to show that life’s not perfect, and it’s ok,” Melisa wrote, adding, “Sorry not sorry.”
MLB is investigating Russell and hopes to interview Melisa and her friend, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Ohhhh boy...heavy stuff coming out of the Cub's clubhouse. First off, let me just say that airing out your dirty laundry on social media is never a good idea, ESPECIALLY if you have any degree of celebrity. Sides will form, assumptions will be made, and the whole situation will spiral out of control. Always.
Now that being said, a post like this isn't coming out of thin air. Whatever Addison did, it must have been BAD. Allegedly, he was seen at a bar a few nights ago and went home with a female who was not Melissa...then this post comes out the next day, you can do the math.
We need to let the situation develop before any conclusions can be made, but I don't see this season ending well for Addison on or off the field.
But for the record...