In a statement issued by the Chicago Cubs, Russell issued a brief statement:
"Any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful,'' said Russell, 23 years old and the father of two. "For the well-being of my family, I'll have no further comment."
During Wednesday night's Cubs game against the Marlins, in which Addison Russell did not play, Melisa Russell posted a photo of herself in a bathing suit in a body of water accompanied by the text, which read: "Being free to be able to make your own choices for your own happiness beats being cheated on, lied to, & disrespected any day. #herestonewbeginnings #onlygetsbetterfromhere"
"Hateful is cheating on your wife, mentally and physically abusing her,'' family friend Carli Reed wrote in response. "Melisa didn't want that out but I'll say it. He hit her. In front of (kids) Aiden and Mila.''
"Last night, we were made aware of a serious claim posted on social media about Addison Russell. We reached out to Major League Baseball and, following the protocol established by MLB, will fully cooperate with the Commissioner's Office as it gathers pertinent facts," the Cubs said in a statement Thursday (June 8).
Following protocol, Major League Baseball is conducting an investigation on the allegations.