In January, Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger was accused by the mother of his child of domestic violence and child abuse. After an investigation, he has been cleared of any wrongdoing.
Months ago, 24-year-old Olivia Finestead claimed she had been in contact with MLB’s Department of Investigations and claimed the White Sox pitcher subjected her to emotional, physical, and verbal abuse. She also alleged Clevinger choked her in June 2022, slapped her, and threw chewing tobacco on their child.
The athlete denied these accusations and, in a statement released by his lawyer, referred to her claims as baseless threats and accusations.”
The 34-year-old pitcher agreed to be evaluated by the domestic violence and drug treatment boards following the accusations, to which the MLB launched a full-scale investigation into the player. While commissioner Rob Manfred has the ability to suspend players accused of domestic violence even if charges are not brought against them, the league ultimately made the decision to not suspend the player.
“The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball has completed its investigation into allegations against Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger,” the MLB said in a recent statement. “The comprehensive investigation included interviews of more than 15 individuals, in addition to Mr. Clevinger and the complainant, as well as a review of available documents, such as thousands of electronic communication records.”
“The Office of the Commissioner has closed this investigation and, barring the receipt of any new information or evidence, the Office of the Commissioner will not be imposing discipline,” the statement continued.
As a conclusion in their investigation, the athlete has access to multiple support services and “voluntarily agreed to submit to evaluations by the joint treatment boards under the collectively bargained policies and to comply with any of the board’s recommendations.”
Mike Clevinger responds to the investigation’s conclusion.
Clevinger said in response to the investigation, “I am pleased that Major League Baseball has concluded its investigation. I had nothing to hide and cooperated fully with MLB. This situation has been stressful for my family, and I thank them for their strength and support.”
Following the verdict, Finessed released her own statement on Instagram, which addressed the MLB investigation. “Even with 2 other police reports prior to me & multiple women saying the same thing, I have physical, verbal & emotional & child abuse he did. Unfortunately, there’s not a video of any of it, but Mike putting himself in drug, domestic & family violence therapy has always been my goal since the beginning, and he refused to go when I tried to be there for him, so I’m glad he’s going now,” she wrote.
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