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Addison Russell's Wife Files for Divorce, Won't Speak with MLB for Investigation

Published by Bleacher Report on Thu, 22 Jun 2017

As Major League Baseball continues to investigate domestic violence allegations against Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, his wife,Melisa Russell, has filed for divorce.Per ESPN.com,the law firm representing Melisa issued a statement Wednesday announcing the divorce proceedings between the two partiesand said she won't meet with MLB to discuss the allegations against Russell."It is her desire to pursue a resolution that is, first and foremost, in the best interest of the parties' son, and which occurs in a swift, amicable and private fashion," the statement issued byBeermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP on Melisa's behalf said.Allegations of domestic violence involving Russell stem from a since-deleted Instagram post made byMelisa in which she suggested the couple was breaking up after one year of marriage, perGordon Wittenmyerof theChicago Sun-Times.A comment on the post made by a woman Russell's wife referred to as a close friend accused Russell of being "mentally and physically" abusive.Russell denied the allegations made against him in a statement released June 8."Any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful," Russell's statement said, viaBig League Stew. "For the well-being of my family, I'll have no further comment."The Cubs alsoissued a statementon the same day, announcing they would "fully cooperate" with the Commissioner's Office investigation into the situation.Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for theChicago Police Department, told theAssociated Pressthere isn't an open police investigation into the allegations against Russell.
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