Cubs manager Joe Maddon still hasn’t spoken with Addison Russell, he told WSCR-AM 670 Tuesday during his weekly radio appearance.
Maddon also told The Score he doesn’t intend to read Melisa Reidy-Russell’s blog post alleging physical and emotional abuse by the Cubs shortstop until the Major League Baseball investigation is completed. The blog by Russell’s ex-wife led MLB to place Russell on administrative leave under the league’s domestic-abuse policy. Maddon said “I really don’t believe I need to” read the blog.
“Addison hasn’t written anything either,” he said. “I’m going to wait until the process runs its course. 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.”
“I swore to myself it would be the last time he’d lay his hands on me & it would be the last time I’d let my son be a witness to it,” she wrote. “A week after flying home, I finally made the call and took legal action to start our separation.”
Russell released a statement Friday denying the allegations. He is eligible to return this Friday, but the leave could be extended as MLB continues its investigation. The Cubs don’t have to add him to the postseason roster, which would effectively end his season — and perhaps his career — in Chicago.
Maddon said he doesn’t intend to get involved, adding “this is something between her and Addison.”
“I’m going to wait until it’s vetted between MLB and the players’ union, and then I’ll read (the blog post),” he said. “I really don’t understand why I have to become more involved than that and anybody else does. I’ve felt that way from the beginning — reading this or her account of it has nothing to do with anything according to the results. So let’s just wait until it properly runs its course and make our decisions.”
Neither Maddon nor Cubs President Theo Epstein has defended Russell’s character. Epstein said he only knows him in a “baseball context,” not as a person.
“It’s important to step back and realize that if you know someone in one context, you don’t necessarily know them fully,” Epstein said. “And, that said, he’s a member of this organization who has been an active member of this club. His dealings with us have been certainly on the up-and-up. And I can’t speculate as to things that occur beyond this, except to say that we certainly are concerned about the accusations.”