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    Addison Russell Responds to Abuse Allegations

    Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell issued a statement late Friday after being placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball following new allegations of abuse were published by his ex-wife. Lexi Sutter reports. (Published Friday, Sept. 21, 2018)

    What to Know

    • In a lengthy blog post, Melisa Reidy-Russell detailed allegations of physical mistreatment and "emotional and verbal abuse"

    • The post, titled "You no longer have a secret, you have a story," marks the second time such allegations have surfaced against the Cubs star

    • Russell had previously denied such accusations

    Manager Joe Maddon says it would not be a distraction if shortstop Addison Russell plays again for the Chicago Cubs.

    Maddon has "no idea" if he will and knows "nothing about the process ... playing itself out." He spoke prior to Tuesday's game against Pittsburgh.

    Russell has not been with the team since Major League Baseball placed him on administrative leave Friday following a blog post attributed to Melissa Reidy containing allegations of emotional and physical abuse while they were married.

    Reidy also suggested on Instagram last year Russell was unfaithful and a friend of hers accused him of hitting his wife in a post later deleted.

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    The Cubs addressed abuse allegations detailed in a blog post by Addison Russell's ex wife. The shortstop has since been placed on administrative leave.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 21, 2018)

    Russell has denied the accusations. The leave could be extended for seven-day periods if the union agrees.

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