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Dodgers: Yasiel Puig Runs into New Legal Woes Related to Gambling Problem

Former Dodger and fan favorite Yasiel Puig has pleaded guilty in an illegal sports gambling case. Puig lied to federal law enforcement officials about bets he placed on sports events as a part of an illegal gambling operation. Court documents were released, and the United States Attorney’s office announced today.

Puig pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement, in which can result in a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.

In the DOJ report, it is said that Puig has agreed to pay a fine of at least $55,000, and he will make an appearance in the United States District Court tomorrow.

Puig had started making bets on record by May 2019 in which he placed bets on a sporting event through a third party called “Agent 1,” in the DOJ. “Agent 1” worked on behalf of an illegal gambling business run by Wayne Joesph Nix of Newport Coast.

By the next month, it had been said that Yasiel had lost $282,900 in gambling losses.

From then, the gambling went out of control and was eventually confronted by federal investigators in January 2022. In the interview, he lied about the crimes he had committed.

Yasiel is a beloved Dodger who spent five years with the club and has spent the past season playing in the KBO league in South Korea.

We’ll keep you guys updated on this developing story.

Ricardo Sandoval

Born and Raised in the East side of Los Angeles. Ricardo is a staff writer at Dodgers Nation and on the LA Sports Report network of sites. He's also a lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan. Ricardo is an alumnus of CSUN (Go Matadors).


  1. Yasiel doesn’t seem like a bad guy. Fun loving, enthusiastic, with incredible baseball skills. But his emotional maturity doesn’t match his physical skills. Whether it’s the way he’s wired or the blessing/curse to go from rags to riches in coming to the US and making millions, he still tends to act as a 12 year old. Now he’s certainly not the first to be like that, nor will he be the last, but it’s just kind of sad. The electric right fielder who could throw people out at third, on the fly was great, just as the ham sliding into third sticking out his tongue wagging it.

    Disappointing, but not the first guy to squander an opportunity.

  2. This is what they do to real players who threaten to get butts in seats and win a ring fair and square and demand respectable pay. How does a gambling littered regime hypocritically go after Puig?

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