Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger is under investigation by MLB for alleged domestic violence involving the mother of his child.
The White Sox signed pitcher Mike Clevinger this offseason, though they were unaware of the allegations at the time.
The mother of Clevinger’s child has been in contact with MLB investigators since this summer, where she detailed allegations of physical, verbal and emotional abuse. This includes an incident from last June in which Clevinger allegedly choked her, and another several weeks later in which he supposedly slapped her in a hotel room. He also allegedly threw used tobacco at their child.
Clevinger has yet to give official comment, as he was contacted via The Athletic by text message. His agent deferred to the investigation, saying that Clevinger’s lawyer would have further comment.
“We need to fairly and thoroughly protect our client and at the same time be respectful of the White Sox and MLB. We need time before responding,” Clevinger’s agent wrote.
Mike Clevinger domestic violence allegations: Everything to know
Clevinger signed with the White Sox this winter, though the organization was not aware of these allegations of domestic violence. They could follow the lead of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who placed Trevor Bauer on paid leave during the MLB’s investigation into his alleged transgressions.
The victim, who agreed to be named in a story by The Athletic, made a comment on the investigation via social media on Tuesday.
“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,” she said.
The White Sox released a statement on the matter as well:
"“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,” the team said in a statement issued to The Athletic. “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.”"
The Padres, Clevinger’s former team, said they are now aware of the investigation into his alleged actions.
We’ll have more information on this matter at a later time.