Starting pitcher Mike Clevinger, who signed with the Chicago White Sox earlier this offseason, is under investigation for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, a source told ESPN on Tuesday, citing The White Sox. We have confirmed the first reports of athletics.
The investigation stems from allegations by Olivia Feinstead, a woman who accused Clevinger of physically and emotionally abusing his three children and their two mothers, including herself. The woman agreed to be named in an interview with The Athletic and shared her accusation through her personal social media pages.
According to The Athletic, Feinstead, who has been in touch with MLB investigators since last summer when Clvinger was a member of the San Diego Padres, aired her accusations against the series of stories on her Instagram account on Tuesday. In them, she accused Clevinger of “several acts of domestic violence and child abuse.” The latter accusation was posted along with a series of photos that claimed to be the result of violent acts committed by 32-year-old Clevinger, who has been in the major leagues for seven years.
Clevinger’s representative, Seth Levinson of ACES, could not be reached for comment.
“We are aware of MLB’s investigation and fully support MLB’s efforts under our Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” the Padres said in a statement. Due to the investigation process, we are unable to comment further at this time.
The White Sox signed Clevinger to a one-year, $12 million free agency contract near the end of November. The deal will pay him his $8 million base salary in 2023, with a $12 million reciprocal option and his $4 million. 2024 buyout – and claimed they didn’t know about that claim when they signed him.
“Major League Baseball and the Chicago White Sox take all allegations very seriously, and the White Sox fully support the joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy shared by MLB and the MLBPA. ‘,” the White Sox said in a statement. “After MLB learned of these allegations, it launched an investigation. The White Sox were not aware of the allegations or investigations at the time he signed them. I will refrain from commenting until then.”
ESPN’s Jesse Rogers contributed to this report.
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