White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger won’t face self-discipline for his home abuse allegations, in keeping with the league.
On March 5, the league revealed in a press release that Clevinger will face no self-discipline, citing an investigation that included interviews with 15 people, together with the pitcher and the “complainant.”
MLB’s full assertion:
The Workplace of the Commissioner of Baseball has accomplished its investigation into allegations in opposition to Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger. The great investigation included interviews of greater than 15 people, along with Mr. Clevinger and the complainant, in addition to a overview of accessible paperwork, akin to 1000’s of digital communication information. The Workplace of the Commissioner has closed this investigation and, barring the receipt of any new info or proof, the Workplace of the Commissioner won’t be imposing self-discipline on Mr. Clevinger in reference to these allegations.
As a part of his path ahead, Mr. Clevinger has voluntarily agreed to undergo evaluations by the joint remedy boards below the collectively bargained insurance policies, and to adjust to any of the boards’ suggestions. MLB will proceed to make help providers accessible to Mr. Clevinger, his household, and different people concerned within the investigation.
In a chunk revealed by The Athletic in late January, Olivia Finestead, the mom of Clevinger’s 10-month-old baby, accused the 32-year-old pitcher of bodily and emotional abuse. Finestead agreed to be named in The Athletic’s piece.
Finestead alleges that Clevinger choked and slapped her in separate incidents that occurred in June 2022, in addition to the pitcher throwing used chewing tobacco on the baby.
Finestead was involved with MLB’s Division of Investigations since final summer time, and the league is trying into the allegations.
On Tuesday, Finestead posted prolonged Instagram story posts about Clevinger, going as far to publish photos of the accidents she mentioned she suffered at his palms. Clevinger additionally allegedly threw an iPad at Finestead when she was pregnant, and Finestead mentioned she lastly left him when he “strangled” her.
Clevinger’s attorneys issued a press release to The Athletic on Tuesday night time saying their consumer denies any wrongdoing.
“He has by no means harmed Ms. Finestead or his daughter,” the assertion mentioned. “We won’t touch upon Ms. Finestead’s motive for bringing these false allegations. Her baseless threats and accusations over the previous couple of months have regrettably escalated, culminating most lately in deeply disturbing threats towards Mike and Mike’s household. Her threats and her sample of abusive habits are nicely documented. The easy reality is that Mike has accomplished nothing flawed.”
So far as potential self-discipline from the league goes, MLB’s home violence coverage dictates that the commissioner might impose as prolonged a ban as he sees match relying on the outcomes of the investigation. Because the new coverage was put in in 2015, 15 gamers have been suspended below the coverage, with the shortest suspension coming in at 15 video games (Jeurys Familia, 2017).
Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer confronted sexual assault allegations in 2021 and was subsequently suspended for 2 seasons (324 video games). That ban was lately diminished to 194 video games by an unbiased arbitrator and Bauer was reinstated. He’s now a free agent after being launched by the Dodgers.
Clevinger signed with the White Sox in December after spending time with the Padres and the Guardians.
The White Sox mentioned in a press release to The Athletic that they “weren’t conscious of the allegations or the investigation” after they signed him.
Finestead mentioned in her Instagram story that she filed a police report in opposition to Clevinger at time of the reveal of the allegations.
Clevinger additionally has two youngsters from a previous relationship.