On June 8, the wife of Chicago Cubs shortstop and 2016 World Series champion, Addison Russell, went to Instagram to notify the world of alleged domestic abuse.
Melisa Russell made a vague statement that accompanied a picture of her on the beach, enjoying herself and giving the impression of newfound freedom.
The couple have only been married for one year and had their first child in January of 2015, although things have seemed to go south even as he has accrued an estimated earnings of $4.2 million per spotrac.com.
As you can see in the post above, Melisa Russell followed up her initial post with the statement, “for everyone who has a problem with my post, it’s freedom of speech.”
It is freedom of speech and these “allegations” may be true, but it is yet another example of how terrible social media has become, especially in terms of relationships, whether they be dating or even marital relations.
To talk about disrespect though, posting a call for help on Instagram that involves personal information about their relationship might as well be a sign of the nail in the coffin on the couple’s relationship.
Social media has created a platform of keyboard egoism and protection that has the power to divide couples and divide people. There really is no purpose is posting this on Instagram. Go ahead and speak to each other, your parents (they are both only in their early 20s) and then go see attorneys privately if need be.
This whole case is laced with immaturity. We will see who has to suffer, but it likely will be Addison and their child as he has to live through a divorce through his future.
Having the child
I would be willing to bet that if Addison didn’t have the child with Melisa in January of 2015 that the two would not have gotten married. The couple wasn’t married at the time, and I know from my experience as a recent 21-year old that I’ve made some questionable relationship decisions that I look back and shake my head at.
Addison was probably looking to protect his public image as he eyed a future of public scrutiny as a projected perennial all-star for one of the most prominent sports organizations in the world. Thus, they shacked up.
They may not have been compatible or learned how to handle the fact that they’ll be separated for much of the year as Addison travels throughout the U.S. for the grueling MLB season.
Striking out on big $$$
If Addison continues to do marginally well for the Chicago Cubs he could be expected to earn a huge payout going forward. With tens of millions in the bank by age 30, Addison could likely attract 99 percent of the female population in any of the 27 MLB cities.
Now alimony and child support could suck out of his big league contract long after he hangs up his cleats.
Learn the ways of Jaromir Jagr
Potential future hall of fame hockey player, Jaromir Jagr, has played hockey since 1988 and has never married or had any children. He has the second-most points in NHL history and has never had any headaches of familial issues in 19 years.
Above he is pictured in bed with a model who tried to extort $2,000 from Jagr by threatening to post a picture of the two having sex. He replied, “I don’t care.” This answer is a microcosm of how you should handle women who view you as a resource.
I believe that his longevity as a player has been helped by not having to support a family and knowing that he can be shipped off to a new team at any time and not have to work through the headache of moving his whole family.
A lot of MGTOW commentators from Sandman to forums on Reddit have lauded Jagr for his MGTOW ways. Now he can sit on his money and still marry a chick in his 20s if he so pleases.
As a Cubs fan, it’s difficult to see this happen to someone who you root for. He’s likely experiencing the emotional effects of this conflict, hitting just .209 with 43 strikeouts in 54 games, posting three home runs and 19 RBI.
Last year he hit 21 home runs with 95 RBI and belted three home runs and 13 RBI in the 2016 playoffs.