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Russell's Ex-Wife Details Alleged Abuse

MLB previously opened an investigation into Addison Russell.

September 21, 2018 - 10:45 am
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(670 The Score) Melisa Reidy-Russell, the ex-wife of Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, detailed years of alleged physical, verbal and emotional abuse that she suffered in a long blog post.

Reidy doesn't specifically write Russell's name in the blog post that's linked to to her Instagram account, but in June 2017 while the Russells were still married, an individual identifying herself as a close friend of Melisa's accused Russell of abuse in a social media post. That came after Melisa had called Russell out for infidelity in an Instagram post. Russell denied the abuse allegations at the time, calling them "false and hurtful."

In the new blog post, Reidy wrote that her abuser "put his hands on me."

MLB confirmed an investigation was underway into the allegations toward Russell in 2017, but it never announced the case was officially closed. Russell hasn't been disciplined.

Neither MLB nor Cubs officials had commented on Russell's situation as of Friday morning.

MLB has a domestic violence policy that doesn't require legal action to be taken for a player to be suspended. In 2016, the Cubs acquired closer Aroldis Chapman after he had been suspended 30 games for an incident while with the Yankees. No charges were filed against Chapman.

In the same season, then-Rockies infielder Jose Reyes was suspended 51 games for violatiing the league's domestic violence policy. The charges against Reyes were dismissed.

In her new blog post, Melisa delves deep into the emotional abuse that she suffered. Her abuser was often angry, she wrote. Other times, it was to the point that he wouldn't talk to her at home, she said.

"There were days he’d come home from work and he wouldn’t even acknowledge my existence," Melisa wrote.

Melisa spiraled into depression. She wrote:

As time went on abusive behavior happened more often in arguments(more so when he was under the influence) & the verbal/emotional abuse grew to new levels. Friends would express their concerns with me but I would assure them that I was okay, he lost his temper & wasn’t himself. Everyday began to be a struggle to fake the convincing smile of a happy wife I grew accustomed to. When friends or family asked how I was or how “we” were doing, it became more difficult for me to look them in the eyes and not break down in tears. I started to distance myself from family & close friends from home, being isolated was much easier than having to put up a front to everyone, I felt guilty but I was already so numb from everything I’ve been going through, not communicating with my friends and family was the least of my problems. what would I even say anyway? What would I even talk to them about? My whole life revolved around him.

Melisa also had night terrors and panic attacks as many as three times a week even after the separation, she wrote.

Melisa explained that she made these details public so as to help empower and inspire other women to stand up for themselves.

"After what I’ve experienced, I’m not easily intimidated anymore," she wrote. "I’m giving myself a voice."