(CBS) Cubs shortstop Addison Russell on Thursday afternoon denied a domestic violence allegation levied against him.
“Any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful,” Russell said in a statement released through the team. “For the well-being of my family, I’ll have no further comment.”
Russell’s wife, Melisa, published an Instagram post Wednesday evening while the Cubs-Marlins game was being played that said the 23-year-old Russell had cheated on her and that indicated the two were breaking up. They were married in 2016. The post has since been deleted.
 
 
Cubs' Addison Russell denies domestic violence accusation
 
In a comment that came after the original post, an individual who identified herself as Melisa’s close friend told another Instagram user that Russell had hit his wife before.
Following that accusation, MLB earlier Thursday confirmed it’s looking into the matter while stopping short of calling it a formal investigation. The Cubs had reached out to MLB early Thursday and been in contact with the league about the matter, the Tribune reported.
Russell won’t be at Wrigley Field on Thursday night when the Cubs host the Rockies, as the team will allow him time to work through his matters. It’s not considered a suspension. The Cubs will play with a 24-man roster. It marks the second straight game Russell won’t play, and he also didn’t start last Saturday or Monday.
Russell has been struggling mightily at the plate, batting .209 with a .626 OPS this season.
 

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