Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger is being investigated by Major League Baseball after the mother of his child accused him of committing both domestic and child abuse.
Per The Athletic, Olivia Finestead, 24, said that she has been in contact with the MLB’s Department of Investigations since the summer of 2022, claiming that the professional baseball player verbally and physically abuses his family. She also included an incident from last June in which the 32-year-old choked her.
“I hope the @MLB does what they should and puts him in required therapy maybe even a small suspensions (sic) so he can take time out to really think about why he abuses his kids and their mothers,” Finessed wrote on Instagram, alongside allegations of drug abuse.
Major League Baseball went on to confirm Clevinger is being investigated through media outlet ESPN, writing in their own statement, “Pitcher Mike Clevinger is under investigation for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy after allegations that he abused multiple family members.”
The pitcher was recently signed by the Chicago White Sox after his contract was terminated with the San Diego Padres. According to his team, they were unaware of the allegations against their player and take the claims by Finestead very seriously.
MLB discusses Mike Clevinger’s accusations
“Major League Baseball and the Chicago White Sox take any and all allegations very seriously, and the White Sox are completely supportive of the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse policy shared by MLB and the MLBPA. MLB opened an investigation after learning of these allegations,” the team reported.
They added the information, “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.”
Despite the claims made by the mother of his 10-year-old daughter, Clevinger’s legal team denies any domestic abuse allegations against him.
“He has never harmed Ms. Finestead or his daughter,” his attorney wrote in a statement issued by The Athletic. “We will not comment on Ms. Finestead’s motive for bringing these false allegations. Her baseless threats and accusations over the last few months have regrettably escalated, culminating most recently in deeply disturbing threats toward Mike and Mike’s family.”
The legal team added, “Her threats and her pattern of abusive behavior are well documented. The simple truth is that Mike has done nothing wrong.”
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