Right-handed pitcher Mike Clevinger signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Chicago White Sox in December, but the tall right-hander finds himself in hot water before he even threw a pitch for the Chisox after his ex-girlfriend accused him of domestic violence and child abuse, according to multiple reports.
Clevinger, who pitched for Cleveland for five seasons before joining San Diego in 2020, is currently being investigated by MLB after he allegedly violated the league’s domestic violence policy for physically and emotionally abusing his ex and one of his children.
The White Sox claim to have not been aware of the accusations when Clevinger inked his deal with them on Dec. 4 of last year.
According to USA TODAY, his ex-partner made her accusations via instagram as she provided details of the 6-foot-4 Clevinger’s physical abuse and that he threw used chewing tobacco at his daughter.
The woman, who was identified as Olivia Finestead by the New York Post, alleges that Clevinger tossed an iPad at her and strangled her while she was pregnant. USA TODAY said the woman was cooperating with investigators from MLB.
Regardless of whether Clevinger is charged or not, he could be in line for a lengthy suspension by MLB as evidenced by what it handed former Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer last year.
It is unclear whether Clevinger or a representative has responded to the charges.