By José Alejandro Rodríguez Zas
Yesterday, Friday, October 29, the Cuban player Yasiel Puig made all his followers and lovers of Cuban baseball happy, by taking an important step in his intention to return to play in the Major Leagues, something he has not been able to do since two full seasons ago.
The last time “Crazy Horse” stepped on Major League ground in an official game was on September 27, 2020, playing for the Cleveland Indians, failing in three legal at-bats against the Washington Nationals.
Since then, Mexico and the Dominican Republic have been the destinations to which Puig has had to go to stay active and try to return to the best baseball in the world, a purpose that has been elusive due to two main aspects: the character of the Cuban, which is not very in tune with most MLB franchises and a court case in which Puig has been involved for almost a year, damaging his image with team owners.
However, it seems that this last element will already be in the past, because finally Puig reached an agreement with the alleged victim, whose name has remained anonymous, but recognized as Jane Roe before the court.
“It has been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties,” he said. to the TMZ.com website the prosecutor’s attorney, Vince Finaldi, closing the case on her behalf.
Hours after the news was known, Puig’s agent, Lisette Carnet, published on her Twitter profile the full text of the resolution of the case, based on the aforementioned agreement, accompanied by the text: “Now, let’s do this MLB”, clearly message to Major League Baseball that their player would be available to return.
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Immediately, Yasiel Puig himself wrote an extensive message on his Twitter profile, with which he broke the silence on the case and made his first public statement on the matter, after the agreement established.
«I learned a lot last year. I learned how the world can be very cruel and how it can put you in positions you never thought you could be in. I really wanted to show the world my truth, but the battle was full of red tape, legalities and time, a long time. “
“I want everyone to know that I have resolved the civil lawsuit against me that has caused some people to question me. My instinct was always to have my day at court. I begged the system in every way, but that day wouldn’t happen until May 2022 or later. “
“The other party gave me an option to settle for what the experts say is a hassle settlement amount of $ 100,000 for the claimant and approximately $ 150,000 in attorney’s fees / costs. I would only resolve this case if the agreement included that I maintain my position that I never inappropriately touched, harassed or assaulted the claimant, and that was agreed. “
“I wanted to go public with this agreement so that everyone can see why I made the decision that I made on the agreement, especially since my day in court means that my 2022 season would be affected as well. Not to mention the fact that I have spent four times that amount on my own legal fees when I add it all up. “
“Right now, all I have on my mind is my beloved baseball and the opportunity to play the game I was born to do.”
“Thank you to all those who continued to support me during this difficult time in my life. Special thanks to my agent Lisette Carnet (@lisettecarnet), Anthony, my business manager and my attorneys Lesowitz & Gebelin, who spent the last week of sleepless nights making sure that everything went well, “concluded Puig.
The question that arises is the following: Will this agreement be enough for any of the Major League Baseball franchises to be interested in the services of Cuban player Yasiel Puig? I think so … or, at least, it is a very good step to achieve the long-awaited goal.
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