Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger is being investigated by Major League Baseball following allegations of domestic abuse and child abuse of his 10-month old daughter, according to The Athletic.
The accusations were made by the mother of Clevinger’s daughter. Olivia Finestead, 24, said she has been in contact with the MLB investigations department about allegations involving “physical, verbal and emotional abuse, including an incident from last June in which Finestead said Clevinger choked her,” The Athletic reported.
Clevinger, 32, is also being accused of slapping Finestead in a hotel room and throwing used chewing tobacco on their child.
Major League Baseball and the White Sox confirmed an investigation is taking place.
“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,” a statement on MLB.com read. “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.”
Finestead posted about the allegations on her Instagram story.
“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,” her post read, via People.
Clevinger joined the White Sox on a one-year, $12 million deal in free agency in December. he last pitched for the San Diego Padres and underwent Tommy John surgery, missing the 2021 season.