Should Addison Russell be banned from baseball forever? | The Tylt
Addison Russell is back from a 40-game suspension for the Chicago Cubs, and many don't want him there. When Addison Russell's wife filed for divorce claiming abuse, some didn't believe her. She released details of the years of alleged abuse she suffered while married to the Chicago Cubs' star. Since these disturbing accounts are now public, many are demanding Russell immediately be suspended forever. Others are saying he already faced the consequences. What do you think? ⚾
Should Addison Russell be banned from baseball forever?
Here is an excerpt from Melisa Russell's account of the abuse she allegedly suffered during her relationship with the baseball star. (Warning: Some of the details may be triggering.)
Emotional/verbal abuse started way before I even realized, eventually it started to be an everyday thing. Being blamed for just about anything that went wrong, name calling, intimidating me with personal force, manipulating me to think I was the problem, destroying my personal things, threatening me to “send” me & our son home to my parents as if I was privileged to be living in our home. Basically, I felt like I was nothing, a nobody & I was nothing without him, & I couldn’t do anything without him.
When Russell was accused of abuse in 2017, MLB "investigated" the allegations and came up with nothing. Melisa Russell bravely came out with details of what she went through. The league may have punished him with a 40-game suspension, but all of their talk of supporting women would be hypocritical if they don't ban him for life. A new investigation needs to be opened, and Addison Russell needs to be out of the league for what he's done.
Not only that, but he delivered a tone-deaf message for Cubs fans who said they'll boo him at games for his actions, saying, "if hometown fans want to boo someone that’s trying to help bring the team a World Series again, then that’s on them." Sounds like a guy who's learned his lesson, right? 🙄
There is no existing criminal case, and Russell wasn't found guilty of anything in a court of law. A 40-game ban based on an allegation is all MLB could do without him being convicted as an actual criminal. He served the suspension without complaint, went to mandated counseling and is still going to counseling outside of that. He has faced the consequences and seems to be willing to move forward as a better person. Second chances matter!