Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger is under investigation by Major League Baseball following allegations of domestic violence involving the mother of his 10-month-old daughter and child abuse.
That said Olivia Finestead, the 24-year-old mother of Clevinger’s child The athletic on Tuesday that she has been in contact with individuals from MLB’s Department of Investigations since this summer. According to Finestead, she described incidents of physical, verbal and emotional abuse to those investigators, including one last June in which Finestead said Clevinger strangled her, and another about two weeks later when she said Clevinger beat her in a hotel room when the team played against the Dodgers and threw used chewing tobacco at their kid.
A source familiar with MLB’s investigative process has confirmed that an open investigation into Clevinger is ongoing. The source added that the White Sox became aware of the allegations after he was signed.
Clevinger, 33, who could be reached by text, said his agent and lawyer would be in touch The athletic. Asked for an on-the-record statement before publication, Clevinger’s agent, Seth Levinson, wrote in a text message: “We must protect our client fairly and thoroughly while respecting the White Sox and MLB. We need time before we can react.”
Finestead, who agreed to be featured in this story, first made the allegations public in an Instagram story early Tuesday.
“I hope the @MLB do what they need to do and put him in the required therapy maybe even a minor suspension (sic) so he can take the time to really think about why he is abusing his kids and their mothers” , the story post said.
Clevinger was on the San Diego Padres pitching staff at the time of the alleged incidents last summer. He became a free agent when his contract expired this winter and signed a one-year contract with the White Sox.
The White Sox said they were unaware of these allegations when they signed Clevinger.
“Major League Baseball and the Chicago White Sox take all allegations very seriously, and the White Sox fully supports the joint policies on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse shared by the MLB and the MLBPA,” the team said in a statement. a statement. issued to The athletic. “MLB opened an investigation after learning of these allegations. The White Sox were unaware of the allegations or the investigation at the time of his signing. The White Sox will refrain from commenting until the MLB investigation process is complete.”
The Padres said in a statement that they “are aware of the MLB investigation and fully support their efforts under the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence and Child Abuse Policy. Due to the ongoing investigation process, we are unable to comment further at this time.”
This is an evolving story. Will be updated.
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