Sunday, January 29, 2023

MLB investigates Clevinger, who is accused of assaulting woman and child

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger is the subject of a Major League Baseball investigation over allegations of domestic violence.

Olivia Finstead revealed the allegations on Tuesday via an Instagram post. The 32-year-old right-hander, who has been in the league for six years, agreed to sign a one-year, $12 million free agent deal on 4 December.

“After learning of the allegations, MLB launched an investigation,” the team said in a statement. “The White Sox were not aware of the allegations or the investigation when they signed on. The White Sox will not comment until they reach a conclusion in MLB’s investigative process.”

Sam Levinson, one of Clevinger’s agents, did not respond to a request for comment.

Finstead identified herself as the mother of Clevinger’s son and said that Clevinger had two other children with other women. He posted pictures of the scars on his body with a comment saying the injuries were the result of an assault.

“He threw the iPad at me when I was pregnant,” the woman said.

“Mike Clevinger, you really deserve hell, I kept quiet for almost a year and you continue to abuse the child,” the text states, and ensures that Clevinger “spit on the child”.

The Athletic reported that Finstead said he reported his allegations to MLB last summer.

The Associated Press typically does not identify victims of domestic violence or sexual assault unless they agree to be named or speak publicly about their allegations as Finstead did.

Clevinger is 51–30 with a 3.39 ERA with Cleveland (2016–20) and San Diego (2021–22). He went 0–1 in two starts for the Padres after the season.

Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer was suspended two seasons by MLB in April under MLB’s domestic violence policies following an investigation that began last July. An arbitration appeal reduced the suspension to 194 games last month, and the Dodgers released the Cy Young Award winner.

The suspension cost more than $37 million of Bauer’s $102 million, three-year contract that expired in the 2023 season.

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