White Sox Mike Clevinger under MLB investigation

Mike Clevinger, a starting pitcher who signed with the Chicago White Sox earlier this offseason, is being investigated for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, a source told ESPN on Tuesday. confirming an initial report from The Athletic.

The investigation stems from allegations made by a woman, Olivia Finestead, who accused Clevinger of physical and emotional abuse of her three children and their two mothers, herself included. The woman agreed to be named in an interview with The Athletic and shared her accusations via a personal social media page.

Finestead has been in contact with MLB investigators since last summer, when Clevinger was a member of the San Diego Padres, according to The Athletic, but aired his accusations in a series of stories on his Instagram account on Tuesday. In these, she accused Clevinger of “several acts of domestic violence and child abuse”, including “chewing saliva on a screaming baby” and strangling him. This latest accusation was released along with a series of photos believed to be the result of violent acts committed by Clevinger, a 32-year-old who has been playing in the major leagues for seven years.

Clevinger’s agent, Seth Levinson of ACES, could not immediately be reached for comment.

In a statement, the Padres said, “We are aware of MLB’s investigation and fully support their efforts under the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. Due to the ongoing investigation process, we cannot comment further at this time.”

The White Sox signed Clevinger to a one-year, $12 million free agent deal towards the end of November – a deal that would pay him a base salary of $8 million in 2023 and included a 12-year mutual option. million dollars, with a contract of 4 million dollars. buyout, for 2024 – and claimed they were unaware of the allegations when he signed.

“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 MLBPA,” the White Sox said in a statement. “MLB has initiated 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 further notice. that MLB’s investigative process has come to an end.”

ESPN’s Jesse Rogers contributed to this report.

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