Addison Russell Suspended for 40 Games

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell fields a ground ball by Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon during the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Saturday Sept. 8 2018 in Washington

The suspension goes back to September 21, when Russell was first placed on administrative leave.

The 25- to 40-game length of the ban will make Russell's suspension one of the lighter punishments handed out by Manfred under the current policy. But two weeks ago, Russell's wife conveyed on her Instagram account that he abused her, and Major League Baseball placed him on administrative leave. Russell has denied the allegations, but Major League Baseball investigated, found additional credible information in the process, and today the punishment came down. "I didn't know what was the right thing to do". The news comes after MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said the league wanted to "make sure we have all the facts" and had no timetable for finishing the investigation on Tuesday.

Russell has agreed not to appeal the discipline and will take part in a "confidential and comprehensive evaluation and treatment program spervised by the Joint Policy Board".

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell (27) flips the ball to Javier Baez (9) for the out against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning at Chase Field.

Reidy was in the midst of divorce proceedings from Russell at the time and said that she was counseled to hold off on telling her story until she was more fully prepared to do so.

Chicago Cubs fans wait outside Wrigley Field before the National League wild-card playoff baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs Tuesday Oct. 2 2018 in Chicago

Reidy posted a photo on her Instagram account with a caption suggesting her husband of about 18 months had been unfaithful to her. Personally, and speaking only as a fan, I think the Cubs should move on. Reidy didn't cooperate with the investigation at the time - a decision which she explained to Rogers in an interview that is well worth a full read for those who've yet to gather the full details of this situation.

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

"The part I do question myself on is just in general, as a sports team, what is the absolute best structure that you can have for your players, for their spouses, for their families, so that this never happens", he said.

This afternoon, Major League Baseball announced a 40-game suspension for Russell.

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