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Monday, November 14, 2022

Ex-Dodgers star Yasiel Puig pleads guilty to lying to federal agents in illegal gambling investigation

Puig pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to federal authorities, which carries a sentence of up to five years in prison. He also agreed to pay a fine of at least $55,000.

The 31-year-old, who spent seven seasons with the Dodgers and parts of one season in both Cincinnati and Cleveland, is currently playing in the Korean Baseball Organization. He is due in court next on Tuesday.

Puig, the DOJ said, started playing bets on sporting events through a third party in May 2019. That third party allegedly worked for an illegal gambling business run by Wayne Joseph Nix. A month later, officials said, he owed Nix’s company $282,900 in gambling losses.

After paying off $200,000 of his debt through cashiers checks, officials said Puig then placed 899 additional bets on tennis, football and basketball games over the next several months. It’s unclear if he ever placed bets on MLB games.

Puig was interviewed by federal investigators earlier this year about his gambling with Nix’s company, but officials said he “lied several times” — claiming he only knew the third party through baseball and never discussed gambling, despite texts to the contrary. Puig also later sent a WhatsApp audio message to someone at Nix’s company admitting to lying to federal agents.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 14, 2022 at 07:36 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tin Angel Posted: November 14, 2022 at 10:11 PM (#6105554)
$282,900 in gambling losses and 899 bets over several months...he has either got a serious gambling problem or he was placing bets for anyone who asked him to.
   2. baxter Posted: November 15, 2022 at 12:59 AM (#6105583)
There goes Puig's HOF chances.
   3. Itchy Row Posted: November 15, 2022 at 10:14 AM (#6105618)
The bb-ref page for Puig's 2022 team is kind of interesting. They went a hard-luck 2-4, but with a 6-0 Pythag, scoring 621 runs and giving up only 32.
   4. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: November 15, 2022 at 12:42 PM (#6105636)
Jung Hoo Lee looks pretty good! Eligible to be posted after next year?
   5. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: November 15, 2022 at 08:46 PM (#6105711)
kind of interesting. They went a hard-luck 2-4, but with a 6-0 Pythag, scoring 621 runs and giving up only 32.

Pretty amazing that they scored 621 in 6 games while only putting up a .697 OPS.

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