Major League Baseball said on Sunday it will not punish Chicago White Sox right-hander Mike Clevinger after the investigation into domestic violence allegations concludes.
In a statement, the commissioner’s office said the investigation included interviews with more than 15 people, including Clevinger and a woman who said she is the mother of Clevinger’s child, as well as thousands of electronic communications and other documents.
Clevinger has voluntarily agreed to submit to evaluations by the joint treatment boards under the CBA and follow any recommendations, the statement said.
“I had nothing to hide and was fully cooperating with MLB,” Clevinger said in a statement from the players’ union. “This situation has been stressful for my family and I thank them for their strength and support. I asked everyone not to rush into judgment until MLB’s investigation was complete, and I appreciate everyone who had faith in me, including the White Sox organization and my teammates.
In an Instagram post on Jan. 24, Olivia Finestead said she is the mother of Clevinger’s child and claimed he was the father of two other children that were not hers. She posted a photo of marks on her body with accompanying words claiming the injuries were “from when he threw an iPad at me while pregnant” and “finally went away when he choked me”.
“Mike Clevinger,” she added, “you really deserve hell. I’ve kept quiet for almost a year now and you continue to covertly abuse your child.” She said that Clevinger “threw chewing spit on our baby”.
The Associated Press typically does not identify victims of domestic violence or sexual assault unless they agree to be named or make their allegations publicly, as Finestead had done.
Clevinger, 32, completed a one-year, $12 million contract with Chicago in December. MLB’s probe predates his agreement with the White Sox. When he reported to spring training, Clevinger apologized for being a distraction and told reporters he was confident he would be cleared.
Clevinger pitched for Cleveland from 2016 until being traded to the San Diego Padres during the 2020 pandemic-shortened season.