Mike Clevinger Under Investigation for Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

According to Katie Strang of The Athletic, Mike Clevinger is under investigation by Major League Baseball following allegations of domestic violence and child abuse.

According to the report, Olivia Finestead, the mother of Clevinger’s 10-month-old child, has been in contact with the MLB’s Department of Investigations since this summer about the violence.

In the detailed report, Finestead said Clevinger choked her in June. Two weeks later, Finestead said Clevinger slapped her and threw used chewing tobacco on their child in a hotel room.

Clevinger was playing for the Padres at the time.

Finestead posted an Instagram story Tuesday about the allegations.

“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,” Finestead’s story read.

The White Sox who signed the 32-year-old to a one-year, $12 million contract in the offseason were not aware of the allegations.

Oct 22, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Mike Clevinger (52) is removed from the game by manager Bob Melvin in the first inning during game four of the NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

“We need to fairly and thoroughly protect our client and at the same time be respectful of the White Sox and MLB,” said Clevinger’s agent, Seth Levinson in a statement provided to The Athletic. “We need time before responding.”

The White Sox also made a statement earlier today.

“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 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.”

There should be further clarity once MLB’s investigation is complete.

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