Mike Clevinger, a starting pitcher who signed with the Chicago White Sox earlier this offseason, is being investigated for allegedly violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.
The investigation stems from allegations made by a woman, Olivia Finestead, who accused Clevinger of physical and emotional abuse of her three children and their two mothers, herself included. She agreed to be named in an interview with The Athletic.
Finestead has been in contact with MLB investigators since last summer, when Clevinger was a member of the San Diego Padres, according to The Athletic, but mentioned his accusations in a series of stories on his Instagram account on Tuesday. In these, she accused Clevinger of “several acts of domestic violence and child abuse”, including “chewing saliva on a screaming baby” and strangling him. This latest accusation was released along with a series of photos believed to be the result of violent acts committed by Clevinger, a 32-year-old who has been playing in the major leagues for seven years.
A lawyer for Clevinger released a statement on behalf of his client on Tuesday which read: “Mike categorically denies the charges brought by Ms. Finestead.”
“He never harmed Mrs. Finestead or her daughter,” attorney Jay Reisinger said. “We will not comment on Ms. Finestead’s motive for making these false allegations. Her baseless threats and accusations over the past few months have unfortunately escalated, culminating more recently in deeply disturbing threats to Mike and Mike’s family. Her threats and his abusive behavior are well documented. The simple truth is that Mike did nothing wrong. He is a loving and caring father. We have advised Mike not to comment on this matter.”
In a statement, the Padres said, “We are aware of MLB’s investigation and fully support their efforts under the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. Due to the ongoing investigation process, we cannot comment further at this time.”
The White Sox signed Clevinger to a one-year, $12 million free agent deal towards the end of November – a deal that would pay him a base salary of $8 million in 2023 and included a 12-year mutual option. million, with a buyout of $4 million. , for 2024 – and claimed they were unaware of the allegations when he signed.
“Major League Baseball and the Chicago White Sox take all allegations very seriously, and the White Sox fully support the joint policy on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse shared by MLB and MLBPA,” the White Sox said in a statement. “MLB has initiated an investigation after learning of these allegations. The White Sox were unaware of the allegations or the investigation at the time of his signing. The White Sox will refrain from commenting until further notice. that MLB’s investigative process has come to an end.”
ESPN’s Jesse Rogers contributed to this report.