Former Major League Baseball Star Pleads Guilty To Federal Charges In Illegal Gambling Operation

Former Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig will reportedly plead guilty to intentionally misinforming law enforcement about his involvement in an illegal gambling business.
Cuban MLB player Yasiel Puig gestures during a children baseball training session at the Latin American Stadium in Havana, on December 16, 2015. Cuban baseball stars Jose Abreu and Yasiel Puig returned home Tuesday for the first time since defecting to join the American big leagues, part of an unprecedented Major League Baseball tour made possible by the thaw in US-Cuban relations. The delegation also includes Cuban-born player Alexei Ramirez, a free agent who left Cuba legally by marrying a Dominican in 2007.    / AFP / YAMIL LAGE        (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Puig, who now plays professional baseball in South Korea, could face five years in federal prison, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). Puig has also agreed to pay a fine of at least $55,000 and will make his first appearance in court Tuesday.
  • The former MLB player placed hundreds of illegal sports bests involving hundreds of thousands of dollars starting in 2019.
  • Puig did not bet on baseball, but instead focused his efforts on football, basketball, and tennis, according to the DOJ’s report.

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