Posted July 20, 2013

Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig being sued for $12 million by man in Cuba

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Yasiel Puig is being sued by a man living in Cuba. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Yasiel Puig is being sued by a man living in Cuba. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is facing a $12 million lawsuit by a man in Cuba who alleges Puig made false accusations that landed him in prison, according to the Los Angeles Times Dylan Hernandez.

Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot is seeking damages for “prolonged arbitrary detention and torture” while in prison in Cuba. Corbacho Daudinot’s complaint was filed in district court in Florida.

Puig and his mother are being referred to as “informants” for the Cuban government, and Corbacho Daudinot alleges that Puig made false claims against him to show his loyalty to the Cuban government. In 2010, Puig and his mother testified in a case against Corbacho Daudinot in which Corbacho Daudinot was convicted of human trafficking. Corbacho Daudinot denied he ever tried to help Puig escape from Cuba.

Jaime Torres, Puig’s agent, said Puig is aware of the lawsuit against him and would provide no comment at this time.


17 comments
howdythurr
howdythurr

sometimes you just have to get sued by some dude in Cuba

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

Just some fool in a Cuban jail trying to make money off Puig's fame in the U.S. 

BIGROB305
BIGROB305

That guy in Jail was charging $10,000.00 per person to bring them to Miami and he got caught!

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Must be true since this arrogant fool ALWAYS has his mouth running and now decides to shut up? 

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

so trying to flee Cuba is human trafficking?  LOL  what a crap country when that is how they view someone wanting to leave

joeshine730
joeshine730

Nobody cares about some slime ball in a Cuban prison.

Jason38
Jason38

I think that this story is not about puig, but instead aroldos chapman of the Braves.

I saw it yesterday on univision and it was chapman and not puig.

I dont think puig played much in profesional baseball in cuba if any

Michael10
Michael10

Daudinot is Dominican, not Cuban (he's being held prisoner in Cuba). I'm not sure how international lawsuits work, but his attorney's claim that the U.S. court has jurisdiction in the case under the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991. Here's the gist of the claim (from NBC):

"Puig and his mother testified in a 2010 trial in which Corbacho Daudinot was convicted of human trafficking – basically, of plotting Puig’s escape from Cuba. Corbacho Daudinot denies he ever offered to help Puig defect. 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."

So Puig ratted out Daudinot for plotting to help him flee Cuba and Daudinot goes to prison -- then Puig flees Cuba... 

Again, I'm not sure of the jurisdiction, but the story sounds more than plausible.

6marK6
6marK6

Uhhh, a Cuban in Cuba is suing Puig for being an informant for the Cuban government? I am a little confused. This would fall under Cuban law and I am fairly certain that Cuban "civil" law does not include such a provision. I think this is just another forced story over Puig.

Michael10
Michael10

@Jason38 Same lawyers and a similar situation, but two different cases...

Jason38
Jason38

I saw a story yesterday on univision and it was about chapman of the reds.

Not puig

Michael10
Michael10

@6marK6 @Michael10 I've got no idea how much merit there is to this particular case...

But the idea that Cuban athletes who are deemed flight risks might regain some government favor (i.e., league reinstatement) by turning informant on the very people who help smuggle refugees out of Cuba? 

Sounds more than plausible to me...

Washheightsboy
Washheightsboy

@Jason38 I've tried watching Univision but their accents are so heavy it doesn't even sound like English.