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Former Dodgers Outfielder Yasiel Puig Releases Statement Challenging Assault Allegations

After a period of silence, Puig speaks.



It’s been a long time now since Yasiel Puig has been a part of the Dodgers organization. Truthfully, it’s been a while since he’s been part of any MLB organization. The Cuban outfielder has not played a game in the big leagues since September of 2019 with the Reds.

Puig was accused of assaulting a woman at a Lakers game back in 2018. He is currently undergoing a civil lawsuit in connection to that accusation. The alleged assault occurred while Puig was with the Dodgers, though the team has not commented on the case. 

On Tuesday, the former Dodgers outfielder issued a lengthy statement about the allegations. Puig and his lawyer issued the statement and stated that the victim’s allegations were fabricated and that the encounter was consensual. 

I am speaking out now to defend my name against false and malicious allegations by a woman who claims I assaulted her in 2018. Let me be clear and set the record straight once and for all: These allegations are totally false, the evidence proves they are false, and I look forward to all the truth and facts coming out.

The full statement can be found here, and it is quite long. Major League Baseball has also not issued any statements on the case or the accusations as of now. Puig last played with the Reds in 2019, though he did have a contract with the Braves in 2020. That was voided due to a positive coronavirus test during his intake phase. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Puig is a basket case. Squandered his baseball talent away through stupidity, laziness and arrogance. He is now reaping what he sowed. May he find peace and come to terms with his demons.

  2. Yes, hard to manage but also a great player and a good son. He received money and power quickly. A bad combo for young players in any sport but with that comes attention of others with hidden agendas. With that said if a team would invest as much time and effort as those who highlight his every once he would be unstoppable.

  3. I certainly do NOT agree with Peyton. I wish he was a Dodger. He is a powerful hitter and outfielder. His mouth is what gets him in trouble, but I think this time off has maybe humbled him a bit. I hope this lawsuit comes out the way it should, one way.or the other and the truth prevails.
    I really hope it is not the end of Puig’s career.

    • Puig was called charitably by Vin a wild stallion. Think about what that implies! All the potential in the world and occasional brilliance, but more often than not aloof and carefree ignoring coaches directions and guidance. Sure wish #66 could have gotten past all of that. But he never did, and that shows by no team picking him up.

  4. Wouldn’t it be ironic to see Puig coming off the bench as a RH-pinch hitter and defensive replacement. I suppose that would take a personality transplant though. No fan know all that went on with Puig but you could not deny his talent.

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