Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger has been charged with domestic violence and child abuse against his 10-month-old child.
The accuser of the park, Olivia Finestead, went on 670TheScore in Chicago this weekend for an interview, which he called “really trashy” and “some low life stuff.”
In the interview, Finestead – the mother of Clevinger’s child – blasted the right-hander for playing with the victim during his spring training media session, echoing his previous sentiments.
“For him to sit there and be like, ‘Oh, poor me on my first day (of Spring Training)?’ Like your poor kid. Your other poor kids,” Finestead said. “He’s so full of himself and such a narcissist that he will deny, lie and project every day. That’s just who he is.”
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“It is the world in which we live,” said the 32-year-old pitcher in response to the interview. “Everyone wants the clicks. It doesn’t matter what the real truth is. Everyone will stop and look at the car accident but no one is going to stop and smell the flowers. That’s how the world is. But that was really trashy of them. That was some low life stuff right there.”
“My lawyers are paying attention,” he continued. “My lawyers are contacting them, and they’ve probably already put an end to defamation.
Clevinger is currently being investigated by Major League Baseball following the allegations. Earlier this week, the pitcher said he trusts the league’s process.
“I trust the process from MLB, I really do,” he said. “I think there’s a reason I’m sitting in front of you today. I’m asking everyone to wait before they rush to judgement. Wait until the actual facts are out there, wait until there’s actual evidence there, and then make up your mind. Who do you think I am.”
The allegations came to light on January 24 when Finestead posted a photo of marks on her body with the accompanying words that the injuries were “from when he threw an iPad at me while I was pregnant” and “ultimately when he choked me .” The alleged incidents happened last year, and Clevinger was a member of the San Diego Padres.
“You deserve it Mike Clevinger, I’ve been quiet now for almost a year and you continue to abuse your baby,” she said, adding the park “spit chewed our baby. “
“Hopefully @MLB will do as they should and put him through necessary therapy maybe even small suspensions (sic) so he can take time to really think about why he abuses his kids and their mothers,” Finestead wrote on his Instagram Stories at the time.
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Clevinger signed a one-year contract worth $8 million with the White Sox in December, but the team says they were not informed 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 Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy shared by MLB and the MLBPA,” the team said in a statement to The Athletic. “MLB opened an investigation after learning of these allegations. The White Sox were not aware of the allegations or the investigation when he was signed. The White Sox will refrain from comment until the investigation process is complete MLB.”
In August 2020, Clevinger broke COVID-19 protocols during his stay playing with Cleveland and was placed on the team’s restricted list. Later that month, he was traded to San Diego. The pitcher underwent Tommy John surgery after that season, and returned to appear in 23 games (22 starts) in 2022.
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From 2017 to 2020, Clevinger pitched to a 2.96 ERA, striking out 10.2 batters per nine home runs. However, last season, his ERA shot up to 4.33 with 7.2 K/9 – both the worst marks since his rookie season in 2016.