Chicago White Sox new pitcher Mike Clevinger is reportedly being investigated by Major League Baseball following allegations of domestic abuse involving the mother of his 10-month-old child and child abuse.
This is what a source close to the investigation process confirmed to two journalists from The Athletic.
The 32-year-old right-hander signed a one-year, eight million dollar contract with the White Sox in December after spending the past three years with the San Diego Padres.
Olivia Finestead went public with the allegations in an Instagram post on Tuesday.
She alleges acts of physical, emotional and verbal abuse were committed by Clevinger, who also allegedly threw chewing tobacco at their child.
Finestead said she was the mother of one child by Clevinger and alleged that he had two other children who were not his own. The latter shared a photo showing marks on her body, with words accompanying it to say that the injuries were from « when he threw an iPad at me while I was pregnant », and that he » finally left after strangling me ».
« Mike Clevinger, » she added. You really deserve hell. I have been silent for almost a year now and you continue to secretly abuse your child. »
The White Sox were reportedly unaware of the investigation until the contract was signed.
When reached for an official statement ahead of publication, Clevinger’s attorney responded with a text message.
“We must fairly and completely protect our client and at the same time be respectful of the White Sox and Major League Baseball,” wrote Seth Levinson. We need time before responding. »
In a statement, the White Sox said they support the process.
“Major League Baseball and the Chicago White Sox take all allegations very seriously, and the White Sox fully support the joint policy on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse shared by MLB and the Players Association. , explained the team. “MLB has launched an investigation after learning of these allegations. The White Sox were unaware of the allegations or the investigation at the time of his signing. The White Sox will refrain from commenting until the investigation process is complete. »
The Padres, who Clevinger was playing with at the time of the alleged incidents, had no comment.
Clevinger is about to enter his seventh major league season. He spent the first four seasons of his career with Cleveland and did not play in 2021 after undergoing Tommy John’s surgery.