It's safe to say one of the most hated players in Major League Baseball at the moment is Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell, as he was suspended by the league for domestic violence.
The details of physical and mental abuse between Russell and his ex-wife Melisa Reidy are horrific.
For the first time since September, Russell addressed the issue to the media on Friday.
Russell: “I’m accountable for my past actions.”— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) February 15, 2019
On top of saying that he's accountable for his actions, Russell said that he's been getting counseling and that he wants to be the best person he can be.
Russell on rehab process: “it’s hard work. It’s not easy, but I’m committed to this work. I want to become the best person I can be.”— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) February 15, 2019
Russell also mentioned that he and his ex-wife, Melissa, are "moving in the right direction" and that he's sorry for all the pain he's caused her.
Addison Russell says the person most impacted by his actions is Melisa. He wants her to know he's sorry for the pain he's inflicted. He's not proud of the person he was. And he wants to own the hurt he caused. He's sorry.— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) February 15, 2019
Who knows if he was truly sincere in his comments, but plenty of people believe that this was scripted and that he hasn't truly learned anything from his past experiences.
Addison Russell just wrapped up unusual press conference in Arizona, a 20-minute exercise that sounded more rehearsed than sincere. It was as if Russell was taking signals from a third-base coach. He probably did enough to keep job but--and I wasn't there--hardly sounded natural.— David Haugh (@DavidHaugh) February 15, 2019
It's not for me to decide if Russell was honest and sincere with his comments. Nobody but him knows if he's changed as a person and is remorseful for his actions.
I guess you can give him credit for talking about it in a public forum, but he has a long way to go before people can trust him and believe he's changed as a person.