Major League Baseball is investigating Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Mike Clevinger after allegations of domestic violence and child abuse, according to The Athletic.
Olivia Finestead, the mother of Clevinger’s 10-month-old daughter, told The Athletic she informed MLB’s Department of Investigations of “incidents of physical, verbal and emotional abuse.”
The report included an alleged incident from last June in which Finestead said Clevinger choked her and another “about two weeks later,” when she said Clevinger slapped her in a hotel room and threw used chewing tobacco on their child.
Clevinger was with the San Diego Padres at the time of the alleged incidents. He signed a one-year deal with the Sox in December. According to The Athletic, the Sox became aware of the allegations after signing him.
“Major League Baseball and the Chicago White Sox take any and all allegations very seriously, and the White Sox are completely supportive of the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse policy shared by MLB and the MLBPA,” the White Sox said in a statement. “MLB opened an investigation after learning of these allegations.
“The White Sox were not aware of the allegations or the investigation at the time of his signing. The White Sox will refrain from comment until MLB’s investigative process has reached its conclusion.”
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