MLB completed their investigation into domestic violence allegations against Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger and opted against punishing him.
After Mike Clevinger signed a one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox this winter, a report from The Athletic stated that MLB opened up an investigation regarding the starting pitcher.
Specifically, the mother of his young daughter made allegations of domestic violence and child abuse. Even with the investigation ongoing, the White Sox allowed Clevinger to participate in spring training ahead of the upcoming season.
On Sunday, MLB released a statement noting that they have completed their investigation, and determined that Clevinger will not be suspended for this incident, “barring the receipt of any new information or evidence.”
Additionally, the statement announced that Clevinger “voluntarily agreed to submit to evaluations by the joint treatment boards,” and “to comply with any of the board’s recommendations.”
MLB opts against disciplining Mike Clevinger over domestic violence allegations
Clevinger released a statement through the MLB Player’s Association on Sunday, saying that he was “pleased” that the investigation closed and that he “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,” said Clevinger. “I asked everyone to not to rush to judgment until MLB’s investigation has concluded, and I appreciate everyone who had faith in me, including the White Sox organization and my teammates. I am looking forward to the 2023 season and helping the White Sox win a championship this year.”"
Olivia Finestead, the mother of Clevinger’s child, alleged that there were incidents of physical, verbal, and emotional abuse. Last June, Finestead alleged that the pitcher choked her and in a separate incident weeks later, slapped her in a hotel room and threw used chewing tobacco on their child.
MLB said in their statement that they interviewed Clevinger, Finestead, and 15 others in their investigation and reviewed “available documents, such as thousands of electronic communication records.” Additionally, they will “make support services available to Clevinger, his family, and other individuals involved in the investigation.”