The verdict has finally been reached on the Addison Russell dilemma, as it has been reported by Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago that the MLB will suspend the Chicago Cubs shortstop under their domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.
According to former GM Jim Bowden, the league has suspended Russell for 40 games without pay. The suspension is retroactive to Sept. 21, the date that he was placed on administrative leave.
The ban will carry over into 2019, making him ineligible to play for the first month of the season, and very likely ending his time spent with the Cubs.
Addison Russell gets 40 game suspension without pay for violating major league baseball domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy. In tenure with the #Cubs is also probably over.— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) October 3, 2018
The Cubs initially placed Russell on administrative leave after his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, came forward and detailed allegations of physical and verbal abuse that she endured during their relationship.
While there was an investigation already conducted last season by Commissioner Rob Manfred, Reidy did not cooperate with the previous investigation and no suspensions or punishments were doled out.
League announces Addison Russell has been suspended 40 games retroactive to September 21. pic.twitter.com/Noa5mbPLIl— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) October 3, 2018
Russell will not appeal the suspension, meaning that he will begin serving it immediately.
Hard to imagine the timing of this announcement wasn't connected to the abrupt end of Chicago's season, and with said ending comes the close of Russell's import in the game of baseball, too.