Maddon Hasn't Read Allegations Against Russell

"I'm more interested in waiting for the investigation to finalize itself," Maddon says.

Dan Bernstein Show
September 25, 2018 - 12:24 pm
Cubs manager Joe Maddon

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(670 The Score) Cubs manager Joe Maddon hasn't read the detailed account of abuse allegations levied at shortstop Addison Russell by Russell's ex-wife, he told the Bernstein & McKnight Show on Tuesday, and Maddon indicated he doesn't plan to do so.

Melisa Reidy-Russell, whom Russell married in 2016 and split from last year, accused Russell of physical, emotional and verbal abuse in a recent blog post, an account that led Russell to be placed on administrative leave last Friday and MLB to ramp up an investigation into Russell that initially was opened last summer following abuse allegations toward Russell that were levied by one of Reidy-Russell's friends.

Russell has denied the allegations. Maddon would like to stay out of the matter.

"I'm not involved in that at all," Maddon said. "It's a league situation. There's a process in place to deal with this between the players' union and MLB and of course Addison's involvement too. I'm totally not in that picture right now."

Asked if he's read Reidy-Russell's account, Maddon replied, "No, I really don't believe I need to."

"Addison hasn't written anything either," Maddon said. "I'm going to wait until the process runs its course. I'll get all the information needed at that point. There's nothing I can do about it. There's nothing I can do to help the situation at all. Like I said, there's a process in place. I haven't spoken to Addison yet since this has all occurred. We'll just let it place the course out. We'll wait for decisions to be made based on folks who actually are investigating this. I really have no involvement. I really do want to stay clear of it, because there's nothing I can do to help it."

Pressed why he wouldn't at least read Reidy-Russell's half of the story, Maddon bristled.

"Again, I have nothing to do with this," Maddon said. "This is between her and Addison. There is a process in place to deal with this. 

"I'm not going to be swayed one way or another by reading this. I really have no interest in reading this. I'm more interested in waiting for the investigation to finalize itself, and then I'll read what's going and what had been said once it's been vetted properly. Anybody can write anything they want these days with social media, blogging, etc. So I'm just going to wait for it to play its course, and then I'll try to disseminate the information based on both sides, MLB itself, along with the players' union and getting together with Addison and his former wife, and then I'll read the information to try to form my own opinions at that point.

"There's a process in place. I have nothing to do with this. I'm going to wait until its vetted between MLB and the players' union, and then I'll read it. I really don't understand why I have to become more involved than that and anybody else does. I've felt that way from the beginning -- reading this or her account of it has nothing to do with anything according to the results. So let's just wait until it properly runs its course and make our decisions."

Administrative leave typically lasts for seven days as an investigation takes place and the league decides appropriate discipline, though that time frame can be extended. Under the MLB-MLBPA joint domestic violence policy, players don't have to have legal action taken against them to be suspended. As part of the policy, the league conducts the investigation, taking the matter out of the hands of teams.