Photo: Cuban Yasiel Puig sued
Yasiel Puig, the Dodger $42M rookie, can’t seem to escape his native Cuba even after defecting in 2012.
Puig is being sued for $12 million by Corbacho Daudinot, a convicted human smuggler, for landing him in jail with damning testimony. Daudinot accuses Puig of testifying that Daudinot was trying to help get Puig out of Cuba to come play baseball in the U.S. Thanks to that testimony and that given by Puig’s mother, Raul Castro’s government sentenced Daudinot to seven years in prison.
From Cuba Daudinot filed papers in a district court in Florida stating he never tried to get Puig to defect. He goes on to say that Puig only said that to gain favor with the Cuban government and described the rookie as a “government informant.” Many accuse the national team baseball members of being government informants in order to remain in good graces with the communist government.
Puig did eventually defect in 2012 utilizing a high-speed boat to get him out of Cuba to Cancun, Mexico where he was recruited by the Dodgers. Basically, Puig or people close to him did utilize human smugglers to get him out, doing what Daudinot is accused of doing several years earlier.
Daudinot believes Puig wanted to gain favor with the Cuban government in hopes of getting reinstated to the national team of which he was removed once Castro found out he was trying to defect.
The $12 million suit is for Daudinot’s “prolonged arbitrary detention and torture” that befell him because of Puig’s alleged lies.