Cubs Suspend Ian Stewart Without Pay
Theo Epstein did not waste any time dealing with Ian Stewart in the wake of his comments on Twitter. The Cubs have suspended Ian Stewart without pay citing a violation to the loyalty clause in his contract. Stewart will miss a certain number of games that the team did not announce on Tuesday. Epstein said the team has determined the amount of time he will be suspended for but cannot announce it at this time because they “are going through some legal hoops.”
The Tribune reported that the Cubs will likely release Stewart. At this point there will probably have to be a settlement worked out for the money the Cubs still owe Stewart for this season.
Ian Stewart’s agent, Larry Reynolds, issued a statement and feels it would be in the best interest for both parties for the Cubs to release Ian Stewart.
“I want to apologize to the entire Cubs organization for my comments on twitter. I let my frustrations get the best of me and in no way want to be a distraction. I am focused on getting back to the big leagues and am working everyday to make that happen.”
Statement from Larry Reynolds, the agent for Ian Stewart:
“I have spoken to both Ian and Theo regarding Ian’s tweets last night. Ian is very apologetic for venting his frustrations with his situation is that manner. He has apologized to the Cubs organization and does not want to be a further distraction. With that being said, if the Cubs don’t have Ian in their plans, I feel it is in the best interests of both parties for the Cubs to release him and end this relationship.”