Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he doesn’t plan to read the detailed account of alleged physical and emotional abuse by shortstop Addison Russell until the Major League Baseball investigation is concluded, the skipper told WSCR-AM 670 on Tuesday.
Melisa Reidy-Russell, whom married the shortstop in 2016 and split from him last year, wrote about the allegations in a blog.
“I really don’t believe I need to” read the blog, said Maddon, who added that he has not spoken with Addison Russell about the incident.
Russell, who has denied the allegations, was placed on administrative leave last week as MLB began its investigation.
“I’m going to wait until the process runs its course,” Maddon said. “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.
“There’s a process in place. I haven’t spoken to Addison yet since this has all occurred. We’ll just let it (play) 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.”
Administrative leave usually lasts for seven days as the league runs an investigation before deciding on what sort of discipline to assess, if any.
“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.”
Russell is hitting .250 with five homers and 38 RBIs in 130 games this season.
–Field Level Media