Cubs shortstop, Addison Russell, has been featured in many Cubs stories due to his lack of performance and his spot in the lineup. Addi is struggling to find his rhythm offensively, that is shown by his .209 BA, but also defensively with 6 errors with 50 games played. Recent twitter reports by many Cubs fans, show that Addison is dealing with something more serious off the field.
Addison Russell’s (ex?) wife posted this picture on Instagram, mid-game of the Cubs 6-5 loss to the Marlins. The caption, “Being free to be able to make your own choices for your own happiness beats being cheated on, lied to, & disrespected any day,” basically tells us that Addison cheated on his wife. Comments started flooding in by a friend of Melisa, which explains the details of what happened between the two.
Her friend explains how Addison has cheated many times before, they found evidence that was in the use of relations with another woman, and that he hit Melisa in front of their children. True story or not, this is a real bad look for Addison. This is not the most innocent guy in the clubhouse just sitting around asking people to sign his Pokemon cards anymore. It changes the view of the fans even before the true story is told. I love Addison, and I’m glad we have an excuse for his recent troubles on the field, but at the end of the day the Cubs clubhouse can’t be taking this hit. The Cubs are known for the fun they bring to the game everyday, and something as serious as this can really hurt the whole team. Obviously none of us hope it’s true, cheating is a problem in a relationship but doesn’t affect the whole environment around you. Abusive activity, like he has been accused of, could spark up the flame around him and the whole organization.
Jesse Rogers says that Addison was not around for media before and after the game. There might be a follow up piece to this about the public information given tomorrow.