CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs ownership on Thursday reasserted its stance that having suspended shortstop Addison Russell beneath contract for 2019 is just not an endorsement of his having violated the league’s home abuse coverage, however fairly is the right thing to do for all events.

“The truth that we have now determined — after speaking to a number of consultants, after speaking to Addison a number of instances, speaking to the league — that we would fairly help him by way of the course of than simply minimize him and let him go, that does not imply it is in battle with help for victims of home violence,” proprietor Tom Ricketts stated on ESPN 1000. “I believe that it isn’t a straightforward determination and never a call that anybody takes flippantly.”

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Ricketts spoke publicly on the matter for the first time since signing Russell — who was suspended for 40 video games final September when his actions got here to gentle by way of his ex-wife — to a $three.four million contract for 2019. He won’t be eligible to play till Might, and the phrases of his contract are nicely beneath what he would have acquired if he was in good standing with the league and the membership.

Nonetheless, some followers have been vocal of their opposition to Russell ever carrying a Cubs uniform once more.

“We knew that it might be unpopular in some methods,” basic supervisor Jed Hoyer informed ESPN 1000. “Individuals have a visceral response to studying about what occurred. So did we. The extra that we labored and talked to consultants and labored by way of it … we felt like having a conditional second chance was the right thing to do. It was really helpful by consultants.”

Unbiased home abuse consultants interviewed by ESPN additionally agreed a second chance was warranted if Russell was following by way of with counseling and remedy. The Cubs additionally expressed concern for his ex-wife and have stayed in touch together with her all through the course of.

“It is one thing that each crew has to resolve for themselves, however I do give a number of credit score to Main League Baseball for having good protocols and insurance policies on this,” Ricketts acknowledged. “There was a course of for him. He is already begun doing a few of the issues that the league requests, and he is doing issues past what the league requests. So, we’ll see the place it goes.

“I believe he is aware of the gravity of the scenario. I believe he is aware of what he has to do. Let’s simply hope that he follows by way of on guarantees he made to himself and the guarantees he made to the crew.”

The Cubs can minimize Russell for one-sixth of his wage or he might be traded, even whereas beneath suspension. He won’t attend the annual fan conference this weekend, however he’s slated to be with the crew for spring coaching subsequent month.

Supervisor Joe Maddon not too long ago spoke with Russell and indicated he is on the right path.

“He appears to be in a superb place,” Maddon stated. “He is actually working to get issues behind him and ensure he does and says the right issues shifting ahead. It is a maturation course of on his half.”

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