Former Cubs Player Ben Zobrist’s Wife Had Affair With Pastor, Lawsuit Claims


Former Chicago Zobrist, has filed a accusing his former minister of having a sexual relationship with his Julianna Zobrist and of defrauding his charity.

Article continues below advertisement

According to the complaint, which was filed by the 40-year-old on May 6, Byron Yawn allegedly “usurped the ministerial-counselor
role
, violated and betrayed the confidence entrusted to him by the plaintiff, breached his fiduciary duty owed to the plaintiff and deceitfully used his access as counselor to engage in an inappropriate sexual relationship with the plaintiff’s wife,” while acting as the executive director of Ben’s charity and the former couple’s marital counselor.

Ben is reportedly seeking $6 million in damages.

Article continues below advertisement

chicago cubs player ben zobrist wife affair pastor

Source: MEGA

Article continues below advertisement

“At the end of the day, a woman has the right to choose who she wants to be with. We’re in the middle of litigation, so I can’t really comment further at this point, but that’s what it boils down to,” Yawn’s attorney, Christopher Bellamy told the Chicago Tribune.

Article continues below advertisement

In 2019, Zobrist put his Cubs season on hold for four months while he and his wife, Julianna, worked on their marital issues. According to the lawsuit obtained by the Journal Star, he lost approximately $8 million in that time.

According to the lawsuit, Yawn provided pre- and post-marital counseling for the pair. He had counseled Ben though anxiety and depression but beginning in August 2018, Yawn spoke with Julianna daily and their sexual relationship allegedly began in spring 2019 and lasted around a year.

Article continues below advertisement

Yawn and Julianna allegedly used prepaid cellphones to speak to one another, which was discovered by Yawn’s wife, Robin Yawn, in May 2019. Robin alerted Ben and said she believed her husband and his wife were having an emotional and the began marriage counseling.

Article continues below advertisement

Ben was reportedly unaware that the relationship was sexual, the lawsuit read. Julianna admitted the nature of the relationship and that she had lied to her husband in response to written requests for admission during divorce proceedings.

Ben alleged that Yawn defrauded his charity for athletes, which promotes mental health and helps them transition after their career ends. The is said to have “drafted his own job description as executive director” in December 2018.

Article continues below advertisement

According to the lawsuit, Ben was paying $10,000 per month to Yawn’s church and $10,000 to $15,000 to fund a “pastoral trip” for Yawn and his family.

Article continues below advertisement

Ben reportedly filed for divorce in May 2019 in Williamson County, Tenn., while Julianna filed a counter-complaint in March 2020. The cases are said to be pending.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *