Addison Russell on Leave After Ex-Wife Accuses Chicago Cub of Abuse

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Chicago Cub Addison Russell on June 17. Russell was placed on leave on Friday amid allegations of abuse made by his ex-wife. Jeff Curry/Getty Images

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was placed on leave Friday, after his ex-wife alleged that he physically and emotionally abused her.

Melisa Reidy-Russell published a blog post detailing allegations of abuse against her ex-husband. The couple had been married for two years.

She wrote:

"The first time I was physically mistreated by my spouse, I was in shock. I couldn't wrap my head around what just happened…Why did he get so angry? What did I do for him to want to put his hands on me? Of course I forgave him & assumed it would never happen again. I just thought he had let his emotions get the best of him, he loves me and he's sorry. I was deeply hurt that he could even be capable of this behavior towards me, I couldn't understand how the man I was so in love with, the FATHER of my child, the man I married just a few months ago could show such aggression towards me…"

Major League Baseball (MLB), which had opened an investigation last summer amid a previous allegation made by a friend of Reidy-Russell, soon responded by placing Russell on leave.

"With the new details revealed in today's blog post by Ms. Russell, Mr. Russell has been placed on Administrative Leave in accordance with the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy," the league said in a statement. "We are hopeful that this new information will allow us to complete the investigation as promptly as possible."

Russell, 24, denied allegations of abuse. He has played with the Cubs for four seasons.

In her post on Friday, Reidy-Russell alleged that abuse from her ex-husband gave her panic attacks and crushed her spirit.

"The way I was treated and the way he made me feel about myself, tore me down to nothing," she wrote. "I was so proud of myself for not being afraid anymore, I was free to make my own choices and I was free to live for MYSELF. I was taking back my life."