The 5 things you need to know about the Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell situation

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell is on leave while MLB investigates spouse abuse allegations against him.

1

This isn't the first bit of marital strife

Russell and his wife first split after allegations that he had impregnated another woman in 2017.

2

Russell's teammates have been on his side for the most part

When the new allegations of spousal abuse surfaced earlier in September, teammate Anthony Rizzo seemed to support Russell.

3

Cubs manager, Joe Maddon isn't reading Russell's ex-wife's account

Maddon has been asked about the situation multiple times and has said he won't read Melisa Reidy's (Russell's ex) account until the situation has been resolved.

4

Russell's leave is up on Friday

Addison Russell could technically return to the Chicago Cubs on Friday (September 28), but it's expected that Major League Baseball will not let him.

5

MLB has more than just Melisa Reidy's account

While people have claimed it's a "he said, she said" situation, it appears MLB has other evidence it's looking at.

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