Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger has avoided discipline after Major League Baseball investigated domestic and child abuse allegations against him.
MLB said Sunday that league officials interviewed more than 15 people and reviewed documents and electronic records as part of their investigation into the claims. MLB decided not to discipline Clevinger.
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«The Office of the Baseball Commissioner has completed its investigation into the allegations against Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger,» MLB said. «The comprehensive investigation included interviews of more than 15 people, in addition to Mr. Clevinger and the whistleblower, as well as a review of available documents, including thousands of electronic communications records. The Commissioner’s Office has closed this investigation and, Unless Upon receipt of new information or evidence, the Commissioner’s Office will not discipline Mr. Clevinger in connection with these allegations.
«As part of his path forward, Mr. Clevinger has voluntarily agreed to submit to joint treatment board evaluations under collectively bargained policies, and to comply with any of the boards’ recommendations. MLB will continue to provide support services to Mr. Clevinger, his family and others involved in the investigation.»
The White Sox said in a statement that they accepted the decision.
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«The Chicago White Sox respect that the joint policies of MLB and the MLBPA govern this matter,» the team said. «We accept the conclusion of the Commissioner’s Office’s months-long exhaustive investigation regarding Mike Clevinger. Under the terms of the joint policy, the White Sox will not comment further on this matter.»
Clevinger reported to spring training last month after signing a one-year contract with Chicago. He said at the time that he would be exonerated.
The allegations arose on January 24 when a woman named Olivia Finestead posted on her Instagram that she was the mother of Clevinger’s son and claimed that he fathered two other children not hers. She posted a photo of marks on her body with words attached that claimed the injuries were «from when she threw a pregnant iPad at me» and «finally left when she strangled me.»
«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.»
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The right-hander signed a one-year, $12 million deal in December. The MLB investigation reportedly predates his deal with the team.