Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger has been charged with domestic violence and child abuse against his 10-month-old son.
The pitcher’s accuser, Olivia Finestead, hopped on 670TheScore in Chicago this weekend for an interview, which she called «really rubbish» and «some sleazy stuff.»
In the interview, Finestead, the mother of Clevinger’s son, criticized the right-hander for playing the victim during her spring training press session, echoing her earlier sentiments.
«For him to sit there and say, ‘Oh, poor me on my first day. [of Spring Training]?’ Like, your poor baby. Your other poor children», finestead said. «He is so full of himself and he is so narcissistic that he will deny, lie and project every day. That’s just him.»
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«It’s the world we live in,» the 32-year-old pitcher said in response to the interview. «Everyone wants the clicks. It doesn’t matter what the real truth is. Everyone will stop and look at the car crash, but no one will stop and smell the flowers. That’s the way the world is. But that was really rubbish on their part.» . That was some sleazy material right there.»
«My lawyers are paying attention,» he continued. «My lawyers are contacting them and they probably already sent out a cease and desist order for defamation. So [they] They just got into it too, so good for them.»
Clevinger is currently under investigation by Major League Baseball following the allegations. Earlier this week, the pitcher said that he trusts the league’s process.
«I trust the MLB process, I really do,» he said. «I think there’s a reason I’m sitting in front of you today. I’m just asking everyone to wait before you rush into judgment. Wait until the real facts are out, wait until there’s real evidence, and then take your decision. about who you think I am.»
The allegations arose on January 24 when Finestead posted a photo of marks on her body with words attached alleging the injuries were «from when she threw a pregnant iPad at me» and «finally left when she strangled me.» The alleged incidents occurred last year while Clevinger was a member of the San Diego Padres.
«Mike Clevinger, you really deserve hell. I’ve been quiet for almost a year and you continue to covertly abuse your baby,» he said, adding that the jug «spewed chewy saliva at our baby.»
«I hope @MLB does the right thing and puts him through the required therapy, maybe even short suspensions (sic) so he can take some time to really think about why he abuses his sons and their mothers,» Finestead wrote in his tweets. Instagram Stories. At the time.
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Clevinger signed a one-year contract worth $8 million with the White Sox in December, but the team says they were unaware of the allegations when he signed.
«Major League Baseball and the Chicago White Sox take any and 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 team said. it’s a statement. to the athletic. «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 their signing. The White Sox will refrain from comment until MLB’s investigative process has reached to its conclusion».
In August 2020, Clevinger broke COVID-19 protocols while playing with cleveland and was placed on the team’s restricted list. Later that month, he was traded to San Diego. The pitcher underwent Tommy John surgery after that season and returned to appear in 23 games (22 starts) in 2022.
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From 2017 to 2020, Clevinger pitched with a 2.96 ERA, striking out 10.2 batters per nine innings. However, last season, his ERA skyrocketed to 4.33 with 7.2 K/9, both the worst marks since his rookie season in 2016.