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Yasiel Puig pleads guilty to felony for lying about illegally betting on sports

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Sep 19, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) smiles in the dugout during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports

Yasiel Puig has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of lying to federal agents regarding his connection to an illegal sports betting operation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

The Department of Justice issued a release on Monday detailing the nature of Puig’s charge.

The Department of Justice had been investigating an illegal sports betting ring based in Newport Coast, Calif. that was run by a former minor league baseball player. The operation had many professional athletes for clients and some former athletes as employees.

One of the clients was Puig, who in 2019 paid off $282,900 in sports gambling losses.

Puig is making headlines now because he lied to federal investigators in January about his involvement with one of the bookies involved in the operation. The Department of Justice press release says Puig lied several times despite being in the presence of his attorney, and despite being told lying to federal investigators was a felony.

According to the facts listed in the release, Puig was a gambling addict. “From July 4, 2019 to September 29, 2019, Puig placed 899 additional bets on tennis, football and basketball games through the websites.”

Puig was playing for the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds during that span in 2019. That was his final season playing in MLB. The 31-year-old now plays in Korea.

Puig faces five years in prison and is set to appear in court on Tuesday.

Yasiel Puig goes viral for mishap in KBO League

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Sep 19, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) smiles in the dugout during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports

Some three years after we last saw him at the MLB level, Yasiel Puig still has not changed one bit.

The former All-Star outfielder Puig went viral this week for a funny mishap that he got himself into during a game this week. Puig, who is now playing in Korea for the Kiwoom Heroes of the KBO League, skyrocketed a ball to deep left that he thought was a home run. Unfortunately for Puig, he spent some time admiring his work … only for the ball to hit the outfield wall instead. Puig was then forced to kick it into high gear and tripped like one of The Three Stooges as he rounded first base. He was ultimately thrown out at second by a good few feet (with an Olympic-worthy belly flop as well).

Check out the video (which might be best enjoyed with “Yakety Sax” playing in the background).

Puig, now 31, played seven MLB seasons and was known for these kinds of antics. There were plenty of classic examples of Puig’s grand showboating backfiring on him just as stupendously.

On the bright side, it is definitely not all bad for Puig right now. Self-induced bloopers or not, he is still making a good amount of money to play in Korea.

Yasiel Puig signs to play in Korea for max salary

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Yasiel Puig will be playing baseball in Korea next season.

Puig signed with the Kiwoom Heroes of the KBO League. The Cuban ballplayer confirmed the news via Twitter.

Puig has been playing for the Toros Del Este in the Dominican Winter League. He’ll be playing in Korea afterwards.

Puig is set to receive a 1-year, $1 million deal, which is the maximum amount for a first-year foreign player in Korea.

Puig received interest in 2020 from the KBO but still tried to continue his MLB career. A positive COVID test ruined his chances of playing in the shortened 2020 season. His chances of playing in the 2021 season were damaged by a sexual battery accusation. He recently settled the case.

The 31-year-old outfielder batted .267 with 24 home runs and 19 stolen bases in 2019.

Photo: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports

Yasiel Puig settles lawsuit with sexual battery accuser

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Former Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig, who currently plays in the Mexican League, has settled his sexual battery case, TMZ Sports reports.

Puig’s attorneys informed TMZ Sports that the right fielder paid the accuser part of the settlement, adding “the plaintiff will retain approximately $100,000 or less after covering her attorneys fees and costs.” The plaintiff’s attorney, Vince Finaldi, says Puig paid $250,000 as part of the settlement.

Whatever the undisclosed settlement amount may be, Puig still maintains that the incident was consensual.

“Yasiel specifically denied any admission or implication of fault or wrongdoing,” attorneys from Lesowitz Gebelin LLP said.

Puig was accused of pushing the woman — identified only as Jane Roe in court documents — into the bathroom during a 2018 Los Angeles Lakers game at the Staples Center before being “sexually inappropriate” with her.

The woman claimed she did not know Puig prior to the incident, while Puig suggested they continued to text after the fact.

“The fact is that I had consensual sex with a woman I met at a Lakers game after she propositioned me,” Puig said in a statement at the time. “Afterward, we talked about going out together, but she said she did not want her fiancé to find out. We messaged each other afterward and planned to get together again, but we never did. She’s now suing me based on completely made-up allegations.”

After battling it out in court for a year, the accusers attorney says the matter “has been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.”

Yasiel Puig files countersuit against woman who accused him of sexual assault

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Yasiel Puig was sued by a woman last year who claims the former MLB star sexually assaulted her at a 2018 Los Angeles Lakers game, but Puig has vehemently denied the allegations. He has now filed a counterclaim against the accuser.

Puig is suing the woman who accused him of sexual assault, according to court documents obtained by Radar Online. Puig, who is currently playing in the Mexican League, has said publicly that he had consensual sex with the woman in a private bathroom at Staples Center. His counterclaim accuses the woman of defamation and slander.

The alleged victim said she did not know Puig, but Puig says the woman is the one who approached him.

“JANE ROE initiated communications with PUIG, both electronically and in person. She approached him, she messaged him on Instagram, sent him photos of herself, and sent him her phone number,” Puig’s attorney said in the countersuit.

Prior to filing the countersuit, Puig filed a formal response to the allegations in court. He is seeking for the claims to be dismissed.

Puig claims the woman approached him at the Lakers game after contacting him before.

“Although she now claims she was sexually assaulted, she did not make any such claims on the night in question, never made such claims to him in the months that followed, never contacted Staples Center security on that night or at any time thereafter, and never contacted the police on the night in question or any time thereafter. However, beginning in the summer of 2019, approximately eight months after the sexual encounter, she began demanding money from PUIG,” the counterclaim states.

Puig says the woman chose to make the sexual assault allegations against him after he refused to pay her. He is suing her for $10 million in damages.

The alleged victim made detailed allegations against Puig in her lawsuit, but the 30-year-old insists he can prove his innocence.

Yasiel Puig issues statement after signing with Mexican League team

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Yasiel Puig confirmed his decision to join the Mexican League after going unsigned in MLB this winter, but gave a hint about his future career plans.

Puig on Thursday posted a statement on Instagram confirming his deal with Aguila de Veracruz. He pledged to bring his teammates “the same Wild Horse, but a new and improved Puig.” He also added that he wants to return to MLB, stating that he is happy to play in Mexico “while I await a chance to come back to the country that adopted me as their Wild Horse.”

The 30-year-old outfielder has not played in MLB since 2019. He did have a deal to sign with the Atlanta Braves in 2020, but that ended up falling through and he ultimately sat out the season.

Puig has been picky about which team he signs with. Word was he had interest from multiple MLB teams during the offseason, but for whatever reason, nothing ever came of any of it. A strong season in the Mexican League could help improve his stock and pave the way for an MLB return.

Agent calls out Jon Heyman over Yasiel Puig report

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Jon Heyman has been considered one of the best MLB reporters for years, but he is receiving quite a bit of pushback from a certain agent this offseason. The latest came in response to a report about free agent Yasiel Puig.

Puig was supposed to sign with the Atlanta Braves last season, but he tested positive for COVID-19 and did not end up playing. Heyman reported on Monday that the veteran outfielder turned down at least two offers last offseason — one from the Miami Marlins and one from the Baltimore Orioles. Heyman said the Marlins offered $2 million plus incentives and were left with the impression that Puig wanted more guaranteed money.

Puig’s agent, Rachel Luba, claims that is not true. She responded to Heyman by saying the incentive-laden offer he is referring to actually came from the Braves after Puig tested positive for COVID-19.

An offer of $2 million plus incentives sounds extremely low, which is likely why Luba wants to make it known (whether true or not) that the offer came after Puig tested positive. It would be a bad sign if that was the best offer Puig got prior to the positive test.

It’s worth noting that Luba wasn’t Puig’s agent last offseason, as Puig just recently signed with her.

Luba also happens to be the same agent who called Heyman out last week over a big report about how much money Trevor Bauer, her most notable client, is seeking. You can read what Luba said about that report here.

For whatever reason, Luba seems to take issue with Heyman’s reporting.

Report: Yankees among teams with interest in Yasiel Puig

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Yasiel Puig’s MLB career may be slowly taking him from coast to coast.

Mark Feinsand of reported Monday that the New York Yankees are among the teams with interest in the free agent outfielder. Feinsand also lists the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, and Baltimore Orioles as other clubs with varying levels of interest.

Puig, now 30 years old, sat out the 2020 season after a positive COVID-19 test axed a deal that he was expected to sign with the Atlanta Braves. He hit .267 with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs between the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians in 2019.

The Yankees make for an interesting potential destination. They have a crowded outfield on paper, but players like Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks carry some perpetual injury risk. The Yankees also recently declined their club option on longtime outfielder Brett Gardner.

Puig has been dealing with some off-field issues in recent months as well. But it certainly seems like he will be back on an MLB roster in 2021.

Report: Yasiel Puig receiving interest from three teams

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Yasiel Puig announced on Monday that he had signed with a new agent, and he is already receiving interest from some teams.

According to’s Mark Feinsand, Puig is receiving interest from the Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox. Other teams could also be in the mix for the free agent outfielder.

Puig did not play last season. He was picky over the offseason about what team to sign with, and he actually had a deal with the Atlanta Braves. The deal fell through after Puig tested positive for COVID-19, and he didn’t end up signing anywhere.

Puig, who turns 30 in December, batted .267 with 24 home runs and 19 stolen bases in 2019. Last season he wanted to play with a contender. Among those teams, the Astros certainly fit the bill, if that is still a priority for him.

Yasiel Puig signs with Trevor Bauer’s agent

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Yasiel Puig has a new agent as he seeks a job for the 2021 season.

Rachel Luba announced via Twitter Monday that she is now representing Puig. Luba is known for being the agent for Trevor Bauer.

Puig and Bauer were actually part of the same trade in 2019 that sent the outfielder to Cleveland and the pitcher to Cincinnati.

Puig was supposed to sign with the Braves last season, but a positive COVID-19 test scuttled those plans. He did not end up playing last season.

Puig turns 30 in December and batted .267 with 24 home runs and 19 stolen bases in 2019. He comes with somewhat of a warning for Luba, as he was dropped by his agency in 2018. He later signed with Beverly Hills Sports Council.