Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger is under investigation by Major League Baseball following allegations of domestic violence involving the mother of his 10-month-old daughter and child abuse.
Olivia Finestead, the 24-year-old mother of Clevinger’s child, said Athletics on Tuesday that since this summer she has been in contact with people from MLB’s investigative department. According to Finestead, she detailed to these investigators incidents of physical, verbal and emotional abuse, including an incident last June in which Finestead said Clevinger choked her and another about two weeks later when she said Clevinger hit her in a hotel room when the team was playing the Dodgers and threw used chewing tobacco at their child.
A source familiar with MLB’s investigative process confirmed that there is an open investigation into Clevinger. The source added that the White Sox became aware of the allegations after he was signed.
Reached by text, Clevinger, 33, said his agent and attorney would be in touch Athletics. When Clevinger’s agent, Seth Levinson, was asked for a pre-publication statement, he wrote in a text message: “We must fairly and thoroughly protect our client while respecting the White Sox and MLB. We need time to respond.”
Finestead, who agreed not to be named in this story, first went public with the allegations in an Instagram story early Tuesday.
“I hope @MLB does what they have to and puts him in the therapy he needs, maybe even a little suspension (sic) so he can take time to really think about why he abuses his kids and their mothers, ” said the story.
Clevinger was a member of the San Diego Padres pitching staff at the time of the alleged incidents last summer. He became a free agent when his contract expired this winter and signed a one-year deal with the White Sox.
The White Sox said they were unaware of those allegations when they signed Clevinger.
“Major League Baseball and the Chicago White Sox take any and 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 MLBPA,” the team said in a statement issued to Athletics. “MLB initiated an investigation after learning of these allegations. The White Sox were not aware of the allegations or the investigation at the time of his signing. The White Sox will refrain from comment until MLB’s investigative process has reached its conclusion.”
The Padres said in a statement that they are “aware of MLB’s investigation and fully support their efforts under the Common Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. Due to the ongoing investigative process, we cannot comment further at this time.”
This is a development story. Will be updated.
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