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 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.
Yasiel Puig is coming to #KBO after all. The Kiwoom Heroes have signed Puig to a 1-yr, $1 million contract (maximum amount for 1st-year foreign players), source tells my colleague at Yonhap. The club's official announcement expected soon.
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 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.
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.”
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.
This offer you’re referring to with the incentives @JonHeyman was from the Braves after COVID-19, not the offer the Marlins made last offseason. https://t.co/rJAMEGKE9d
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.
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.
Yasiel Puig’s MLB career may be slowly taking him from coast to coast.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com 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.
According to MLB.com’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 is being sued by a woman who has accused the MLB star of committing sexual battery at a Los Angeles Lakers game two years ago.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, a woman says Puig sexually assaulted her at a game at Staples Center on Oct. 31, 2018. The woman, who was not named in the documents to protect her identity, says she was “forced into a bathroom and Yasiel Puig grabbed at her trying to take her clothes off, touched her sexual organs during this struggle, and eventually pinned her with 1 arm and used his other to stroke his own penis, exposing himself, and eventually ejaculating.”
The woman is suing for sexual battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence and false imprisonment. She says she was “simply heading to use the bathroom” and had no intention of having a sexual encounter with Puig. The court documents did not say whether the woman reported the alleged incident to police.
The lawsuit does not specify an amount the alleged victim is seeking but says it is over $50,000.
Puig was definitely at the game in question, as photos show him sitting courtside when the Lakers hosted the Dallas Mavericks that night.
This is not the first time that Puig, who is currently a free agent and did not play in 2020, has been sued. A lawsuit was also filed against him several years ago by a man in Cuba who claims Puig knowingly made false accusations against him. That lawsuit was eventually settled.