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Dodgers News: Yasiel Puig’s Agent Issues Clarification About his Legal Troubles

On Monday evening, word came down that former Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig had agreed to plead guilty to a charge of lying to federal investigators. As the evening went on, more and more information trickled in, some accurate and some not.

At one point, the Los Angeles Times article said Puig could be deported and barred from re-entering the United States and that he would be ineligible for citizenship in the future. The only problem with this: Puig became a U.S. citizen in 2019, so he’s not eligible for deportation and the charge he’s pleading guilty to doesn’t come close to meeting the criteria for stripping citizenship. The Times has updated their article and Times reporter Bill Shaikin has deleted his tweet quoting that section.

On Tuesday, Puig’s agent weighed in with some clarifications on the situation.

The U.S. Attorney’s press release about Puig said that in the interview in question earlier this year, Puig had his attorney present and was advised that it was a crime to lie to investigators. In her statement, agent Lisette Carnet clarified that he didn’t have “criminal counsel” with him; it’s unclear who the attorney was with him, but Carnet’s statement indicates it wasn’t someone with a specialty in criminal law. Carnet also points to Puig’s upbringing in “authoritarian Cuba,” saying that government interviews trigger the symptoms of his ADHD, for which he is now receiving treatment.

Carnet also clarifies that, despite sensational headlines, Puig “has not been charged with illegal gambling, was not a member of a gambling ring, nor did he bet on baseball. He has not been indicted for gambling of any kind on any sport whatsoever nor for any involvement with any illegal gambling.”

Carnet’s statement ends with: “Puig took responsibility, and this agreement with the government should end this whole unfortunate incident. This matter does not impede his ability to play in MLB or abroad per organization regulations.”

While it may not impede his ability to play in MLB, it will be interesting to see if it dampens any interest MLB teams might have had in bringing Puig back to the U.S. to play.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.



    1. But he is none of these things. I honestly believe Puig is being picked on by a bunch of racist punks. Let the man be already.

  2. Puig was an embarrassment to the haloed Dodger uniform. Suffice to say it’s asinine watching an idiot lick his bat up and down in public. If I want to see a clown I’ll wait for Barnum and Bailey to come to town!

  3. This makes sense to me. From experience I understand how ADHD symptoms and other mental struggles can be misinterpreted and manifest in other negative behaviors if left misdiagnosed and untreated. I say give him another shot to prove what his agent is saying. If true, then his treatment and new outlook should make all the difference to him and any potential ball club willing to give him an opportunity. If not, then chalk it up to him being an immature self-centered jackass with poor decision making skills and be done with him. But I’m willing to bet that isn’t the case.

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