White Sox’s Mike Clevinger avoids discipline as MLB closes probe into claims of domestic, child abuse
Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger avoided discipline after Major League Baseball investigated allegations of domestic and child abuse against him.
MLB said Sunday that league officials interviewed more than 15 people and reviewed documents and electronic records as part of an investigation into the claims. MLB decided not to discipline Clevinger.
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“The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball has completed its investigation into the allegations against Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger,” MLB said. “The extensive investigation included interviews with more than 15 individuals, in addition to Mr. Clevinger and the complainant, as well as a review of available documents, such as thousands of electronic communications records. The Commissioner’s Office has closed this investigation and , barring the receipt of any new information or evidence, the Commissioner’s Office will not discipline Mr. Clevinger with respect to these allegations.
“As part of his path forward, Mr. Clevinger has voluntarily agreed to be evaluated by the Joint Treatment Boards under collectively bargained policies and to comply with any recommendations of the Boards. MLB to Mr. Support services will continue to be available. Clevinger, his family, and others are involved in the investigation.”
The White Sox said in a statement that they accepted the decision.
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“The Chicago White Sox respect that the joint policies of MLB and the MLBPA govern this matter,” the team said. “We accept the conclusion of the thorough, months-long investigation conducted by the commissioner’s office regarding Mike Clevinger. In accordance with the terms of the joint policy, the White Sox will not comment further on this matter.”
Clevinger reported to spring training last month after signing a one-year deal with Chicago. He said that at that time he would be acquitted.
The allegations came to light on January 24 when a woman named Olivia Finstead posted on her Instagram alleging that she is the mother of Clevinger’s child and claimed that she fathered two other children that were not hers. She posted a photo of the marks on her body with the words alleging the injuries were “when he threw an iPad at my pregnant” and “finally left when he choked me. “
“Mike Clevinger you truly deserve hell, I’ve been silent for almost a year now and you continue to abuse your child in secret,” she said, adding that the pitcher “spitted on our child.”
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The righty signed a one-year, $12 million deal in December. The MLB investigation reportedly preceded his contract with the team.