Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is being sued for $12 million by a man in Cuba who claims Puig made false accusations about him that resulted in a seven-year prison sentence, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot filed the suit in federal district court in Florida, though he remains in Cuba. The suit claims that Corbacho Daudinot was subjected to “prolonged arbitrary detention and torture” after Puig and his mother testified against him in a 2010 human-trafficking trial — specifically, Puig’s alleged plan to escape from Cuba.
Corbacho Daudinot claims he never offered to help Puig defect and that Puig cooperated with the prosecution in order to get back into the good graces of the Cuban government. Believing Puig was planning to flee, the government forced Puig’s demotion from the country’s top baseball league and national-team program, according to Corbacho Daudinot.
“This is not something we’re going to comment about,” Jaime Torres, Puig’s agent, told the newspaper. Torres, however, did add that Puig is aware of the lawsuit and has hired a lawyer.
Puig has been a rookie sensation this season this season, batting .381/.412/.600 with eight homers and 19 RBI since making his major league debut June 3. In his addition to his offense, his fearless defensive style and strong arm have made him a regular on highlight reels.