White Sox’s Mike Clevinger will not be suspended following MLB’s investigation into abuse allegations
On Sunday, Major League Baseball announced it would not disqualify Chicago White Sox right-hander Mike Clevinger. following the completion of an investigation into allegations of abuse made against him by Olivia Feinstead, the mother of his 10-month-old daughter..
Katie Strang and Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic initially reported on the allegations., with Feinstead claiming that Clevinger was physically, verbally and emotionally abusive. The incidents are said to have taken place last summer when Clevinger was a member of the San Diego Padres.
Under a joint agreement between MLB and the MLB Players Association, Commissioner Rob Manfred can suspend players accused of domestic violence even if they are not charged.
Here is the MLB statement as a whole:
The Baseball Commissioner’s Office has completed its investigation into allegations against Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger. The full investigation included the questioning of more than 15 people, in addition to Mr Clevinger and the applicant, as well as a review of available documents, such as thousands of email records. The Commissioner’s Office has closed this investigation and, barring any new information or evidence, the Commissioner’s Office will not disciplinary action against Mr. Clevinger in connection with these allegations. .
“As part of his progress, Mr. Clevinger has voluntarily agreed to submit assessments of the joint treatment boards in accordance with the collective agreements and to comply with any recommendations of the boards. MLB will continue to provide support services to Mr. … Clevinger, his family and others involved in the investigation.”
Clevinger made the following statement through the MLBPA:
I’m glad Major League Baseball has completed its investigation. I had nothing to hide and I fully cooperated with MLB. This situation has been stressful for my family and I thank them for their strength and support. I asked everyone not to jump to conclusions until the MLB investigation is complete, and I appreciate everyone who believed in me, including the White Sox organization and my teammates. I look forward to the 2023 season and help the White Sox win a championship this year.
The White Sox also released their own statement:
The Chicago White Sox acknowledge that joint MLB and MLBPA policy governs this issue. We accept the conclusion of a thorough, months-long investigation by the Commissioner’s Office into Mike Clevinger. Under the terms of the joint policy, the White Sox will no longer comment on the matter.
Clevinger signed a one-year contract with the White Sox back in December.