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Yasiel Puig changes plea to NOT guilty of lying to federal investigators

Yasiel Puig has modified his plea to not guilty in a federal investigation tied to his unlawful playing apply, after the ex-MLB star had initially agreed to plead guilty to a singular depend of offering false statements when prosecutors interviewed him in January. 

‘I would like to clear my identify. I by no means ought to have agreed to plead guilty to a criminal offense I didn’t commit,’ the 31-year-old Cuban-born American proper fielder stated in a statement launched on Wednesday. 

The former All-Star, who’s at the moment taking part in in South Korea, might face a most sentence of 5 years in federal jail for lying to authorities officers. In August, he filed a plea settlement stating that he started betting on sporting occasions in 2019 by way of a 3rd celebration – recognized in courtroom paperwork as ‘Agent 1’ – who was concerned in an unlawful playing operation run by 46-year-old Wayne Joseph Nix.

Puig finally owed Nix $282,900 in playing losses by June of 2019. 

‘I do not know why individuals like to say unhealthy issues about me and imagine,’ the previous MLB participant tweeted on Wednesday. 

Former Major League All-Star Yasiel Puig has modified his plea to not guilty regardless of agreeing to plead guilty to a cost of lying to federal investigators about his involvement in an unlawful playing operation, which allegedly began in 2019, in accordance to the Department of Justice

On Wednesday, Puig tweeted: 'All my life I've been told to be quiet and do what I was told. No more' The 31-year-old, who is currently playing in South Korea, could face a maximum prison sentence if found guilty of providing false statements to federal authorities

On Wednesday, Puig tweeted: ‘All my life I’ve been advised to be quiet and do what I used to be advised. No extra’ The 31-year-old, who’s at the moment taking part in in South Korea, might face a most jail sentence if discovered guilty of offering false statements to federal authorities

‘They like making me seem like a monster as a result of of method I look perhaps. All my life I’ve been advised to be quiet and do what I used to be advised. No extra.’ 

Puig’s lawyer, Keri Axel, stated that ‘vital’ new proof has emerged inside the final three months, initiating her shopper to change plea.

‘At the time of his January 2022 interview, Mr. Puig, who has a third-grade schooling, had untreated mental-health points, and didn’t have his personal interpreter or prison authorized counsel with him,’ she stated. 

‘We have reviewed the proof, together with vital new data, and have critical considerations concerning the allegations made in opposition to Yasiel.’ 

Leona Sports Agency worker and Puig’s agent, Lisette Carnet, stated earlier this week that the previous Dodgers, Reds and Guardians participant logged into his interview with federal investigators on Zoom ‘feeling rushed, unprepared, with out prison counsel with him, and in addition lacked his personal interpreter,’ The New York Post reported.

Nearly three years in the past, Agent 1 and one other individual, recognized as ‘Individual B,’ advised Puig to write them a test or to wire switch payable to Nix or his playing shopper, ‘Individual A.’

Puig - a 2014 MLB All Star - played five seasons for the LA Dodgers before going on to play for the Cleveland Guardians and the Cincinnati Reds before moving to Asia

Puig – a 2014 MLB All Star – performed 5 seasons for the LA Dodgers earlier than occurring to play for the Cleveland Guardians and the Cincinnati Reds earlier than transferring to Asia 

Then, on June 25, 2019, Puig withdrew $200,000 from Bank of America and acquired two cashiers’ checks for $100,000 apiece, made payable to Individual A.

After the 2 sides resolved a dispute over the stability, Individual A gave Puig full entry to his betting web sites. Between July 4, 2019, and September 29, 2019, Puig positioned 899 further bets on soccer, basketball and tennis.

A mug shot of Cuba's Yasiel Puig, following his arrest in Florida for speeding, 2013

A mug shot of Cuba’s Yasiel Puig, following his arrest in Florida for rushing, 2013

The scheme then caught up with the previous MLB participant in January, when he was interviewed by federal investigators. Despite being warned concerning the risks of lying, Puig did so a number of instances, in accordance to the DOJ. Specifically, Puig falsely said that he solely knew Agent 1 from his career as a MLB star and denied having mentioned playing with the person. 

In actuality, the 2 had mentioned playing lots of of instances.

Puig additionally despatched Individual B an audio message on WhatsApp through which he admitted to lying to authorities.

Nix has pleaded guilty to one depend of conspiracy to function an unlawful sports activities playing business and one depend of submitting a false tax return. He can be sentenced in March of 2023.

A local of Cienfuegos, Cuba, who famously tried and failed to defect to the US a dozen instances, Puig turned a sensation for the Los Angeles Dodgers quickly after arriving within the nation and signing a seven-year, $42m contract in 2012. He would end second within the Rookie of the Year voting that season and posted a outstanding OPS+ of 159 (59 p.c higher than a median hitter in 2012).

Former Dodgers player Puig placed 899 additional bets on football, basketball and tennis

Former Dodgers participant Puig positioned 899 further bets on soccer, basketball and tennis 

However, the appropriate fielder’s manufacturing slipped every of the following 4 seasons, and by 2018, the staff traded him to the Cincinnati Reds.

A year later, he could be dealt to the Cleveland Guardians, and was taking part in in Mexico by 2021. He signed a one-year, $1m with South Koreas Kiwoom Heroes in December of 2021.

Puig has additionally been out and in of hassle since arriving within the US. Charges have included a number of allegations of reckless driving, and in 2021, ESPN reported that MLB investigators interviewed a lady who claimed he sexually assaulted her in a Staples Center toilet. He denied the fees, however finally settled along with her out of courtroom.

In December of 2021, the Washington Post reported that Puig additionally settled a lawsuit from two girls who claimed he sexually assaulted them in 2017.

He earned $51m in wage over eight MLB seasons.

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