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Cubs Reportedly Threatening Writers Who Criticize Suspended Shortstop Addison Russell

David Kaestle
Los Angeles Dodgers v Chicago Cubs - Game Two
Los Angeles Dodgers v Chicago Cubs - Game Two / Jonathan Daniel

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell is currently serving a 40-game suspension under the MLB's domestic violence policy after his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, came forward with detailed and graphic claims of his physical and mental abuse of her in 2017.

The case lingered for about a year before Russell was ultimately suspended, although, the Cubs haven't exactly responded the way you would think towards a guy who abused his wife. The team answered by tendering Russell's contract, paying him $4.3 million this season.

According to new reports though, the Cubs are taking their level of support one step further by trying to silence writers who publish articles criticizing Russell. One writer has reportedly said the Cubs have threatened him or her with reprisal. The Cubs are reportedly doing everything they can to control the narrative around the return of the 25-year-old shortstop.

It's one thing to support a player in hopes he can better his life moving forward, but to attempt to silence those who are reporting truth and writing negatively of someone who deserves to be written negatively about is a whole different story.

It is not only immoral, but goes against the first amendment and discourages reporters from doing the most simple and important aspect of their job, distributing truthful information to the public.

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