Yasiel Puig Attempting To Negotiate Settlement In Defamation Lawsuit
Essentially two weeks into the 2015 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers are riding a seven-game winning streak and sitting in first place of the National League West division largely without significant contributions from Yasiel Puig.
Whereas Adrian Gonzalez has been on a hot streak since Opening Day, Puig’s struggled at the plate and recently has been slowed by a troublesome left hamstring. He returned Saturday after missing three straight games but missed action Sunday due to lingering soreness in the hamstring.
While Puig attempts to get right on the field, he’s also moving closer toward reaching a resolution in a significant off-the-field matter. According to Nathan Fenno of the LA Times, Puig’s attornery is attempting to negotiate a settlement with Miguel Angel Corbado Daudinot, who filed a $12-million defamation lawsuit against his client:
The attorney for Yasiel Puig is negotiating a settlement to a federal lawsuit that faults the Dodgers outfielder for the alleged torture and imprisonment of a Cuban man.
A filing by Daudinot’s attorneys in a Miami U.S. District Court indicates the parties involved are not far apart on an agreement and one could be reached with additional time to negotiate:
The gap between the parties’ respective positions is not wide and may be breached with further negotiation. “The parties believe that they may be able to reach an understanding given just a little more time,” the filing said.
A federal judge denied a second request from Puig to dismiss the lawsuit in November as Daudinot was imprisoned in Cuba, where he currently remains.
Daudinot alleges Puig defamed him to Cuban authorities, which led to imprisonment and he’s suing under the Torture Victims Protection Act. Should a settlement not be reached, Puig’s case has a November trial date.
Dodgers Utility Man Justin Turner
it’s a very harsh world when you’re trying to get out of Cuba. People rat on you, and others are acting as agents for American sports, trying to induce you to leave the country. A Miami man of dubious honesty held Puig in Mexico until he paid some money. You’re smuggling yourself, the Cuban police are watching you, and I think he bought some time by turning somebody in for something. Who knows what’s happening, exactly; will Cuba take the money from any settlement?