In one of the weirder stories of recent weeks, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder (and ultra-phenom) Yasiel Puig is reportedly being sued for $12 million.
In a report from Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, it has surfaced that a Cuban man (Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot) is attempting to sue Puig on the basis that he provided false testimony that landed him in jail. Part of Hernandez’s piece (that lays out the allegations) appears here:
Corbacho Daudinot alleges that Puig knowingly made false claims against him to demonstrate allegiance to the Cuban government, and be reinstated in the country’s top baseball league and national-team program. According to the suit, Puig was demoted to his Cuban league team’s developmental squad because the government suspected him of wanting to flee the island.
It is terribly unclear as to how “serious” this suit is as far as its likelihood of fruition, but at any rate, it’s a potential distraction for Puig and the Dodgers. Hernandez is also reporting that the same lawyers trying this case also brought a suit against Aroldis Chapman (who is also Cuban) in the past, and it could be much ado about nothing. Either way, it is yet another off-field concern for the Dodgers outfielder, and with the regression stick likely to hit him in the near future, things could get ugly.