Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell's ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, made headlines a year ago after accusing him of cheating on her. It was all a big enough mess that Major League Baseball attempted to investigate the matter. Melisa was reticent about cooperating, so the matter ended up dropped and Russell faced no professional consequences.
Now, Melisa is back. And what she's now alleging in a post on her personal blog is downright scary.
Addison Russell’s ex wife, Mellisa, shared her story about the physical & mental abuse she went through while married to Addison Russell & it’s absolutely horrible.— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live) September 21, 2018
Mellisa is a very strong individual to come out publicly & share her story.
Melisa describes an absolutely toxic relationship and a home life dominated by fear. The abuse she alleges is both physical and emotional, with Russell blaming her relentlessly for his own outbursts and generally cross, negligent behavior.
As she writes:
"The first time I was physically mistreated by my spouse, I was in shock. I couldn’t wrap my head around what just happened…Why did he get so angry? What did I do for him to want to put his hands on me? Of course I forgave him & assumed it would never happen again. I just thought he had let his emotions get the best of him, he loves me and he’s sorry... I saw a darkness in him I’ve never seen or experienced in him or anyone else. Slowly but surely I realized the man I grew to love so much was becoming more and more of a stranger to me everyday that went by."
If Addison Russell is still employed by like...first pitch tomorrow, it’s a poignant reminder that baseball does not care about women. After all this time I’ve not found the words to articulate how exhausting it u, this unrequited love. I love a sport that does not love me back.— Amelia x24⚾️ (@ameliacubs12) September 21, 2018
The denial. The self-blaming and self-shaming. The depression. The constant worry about her safety and that of her infant son. It all makes those cheating allegations sound quaint in comparison.
Indeed, what Melisa alleges her former husband to have done crosses every line.
And now, the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball are in a position in which they absolutely must act.