MLB gives Russell 40-game ban under domestic violence policy

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Major League Baseball has suspended Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell 40 games without pay for violating the league's joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.

Russell, who was placed on administrative leave on September 21, is accused of having violated the league's domestic violence policy.

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been handed a 40-game suspension following investigations of domestic abuse against his ex-wife, the Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday. Russell has agreed not to appeal the decision made by the league.

Allegations of abuse against Russell first surfaced in June 2017 in an Instagram comment made by a third party, and Melisa Reidy declined to participate in MLB's investigation at the time. Russell has denied the allegations, but Major League Baseball investigated, found additional credible information in the process, and today the punishment came down.

This marks the fourth domestic violence suspension of 2018 for the league.

Chicago acquired Russell in a July 2014 trade with Oakland.

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Cubs President of Operations Theo Epstein met with the media Wednesday and said the following about the suspension.

Chicago Cubs pinch hitter Addison Russell (27) circles the bases on a two-run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park.

And while Epstein said he was content with the way the organization handled last year's allegations, he acknowledged that they need to bridge the gap between the team and players' families in order to prevent future situations like this one.

"He accepted this discipline, and so I want to talk to him about that that means, and find out more", Epstein said.

"Along with being cheated on with so many different women, I lost all self confidence within myself". "But I honestly, personally think the most important thing going forward is to be part of the solution and to focus on making this a better place". He'd be due a raise on this season's $3.2MM salary after posting a dismal.250/.317/.340 batting line through 465 games.