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Monday, December 13, 2021

The secret settlements that helped a baseball star play on

With famed lawyer Gloria Allred representing the alleged victims, Puig reached confidential settlements with both women, according to copies of the agreements obtained by The Washington Post. In the agreements, Puig denied both women’s allegations. His attorney, Scott Lesowitz, said the ballplayer paid the women a total of $325,000.

Major League Baseball learned of the allegations during the 2017 season, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly. But instead of placing Puig on paid administrative leave while it investigated — as it often has done in cases when the allegations are public, including this year with Dodgers star pitcher Trevor Bauer — MLB allowed him to play on.

MLB did get Puig to grant the women permission to speak with investigators, the people familiar with the situation said. But it’s not clear whether the women chose to do so, and MLB closed its investigation without taking action. Puig then had one of the best seasons of his career, helping the 2017 Dodgers get within one win of a World Series championship.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 13, 2021 at 02:54 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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