Seth Udinski, FISM News
A messy lawsuit in the Christian community is coming to an end, while another is beginning. According to a report by The Christian Post, former World Series MVP for the Chicago Cubs, Ben Zobrist, is terminating a $6 million lawsuit against former pastor Byron Yawn. According to the suit, Yawn had an affair with Zobrist’s wife Julianna while the couple was going through marital strife. Zobrist also claimed the former pastor had committed fraud against the Zobrist’s non-profit ministry, Patriot Forward.
Zobrist’s reason for dropping the case is unknown at this time. Some reports claim that Zobrist felt he did not have conclusive proof that Yawn committed fraud. According to Yawn’s legal representatives, he and Julianna Zobrist are now in a romantic relationship.
This situation is becoming more murky. It appears that Julianna, now dating Byron Yawn, is filing a suit of her own against her former husband. The Christian Post states she is suing him for “failing to protect the family assets by taking time off from his job as a player for the Chicago Cubs to try to fix the marriage.”
Attorney Helen Rogers, representing Ben Zobrist, called the new suit “utterly absurd.” She said,
Rather than accepting blame for having torn her husband’s heart out by having an affair with their pastor, she expected him to be able to totally focus in an elite athletic job that required (100%) of his physical and mental energy. It is Mrs. Zobrist, by having the extramarital affair and confessing same to her husband, and not disclosing the true extent of her affair, that caused him such extreme mental distress and difficulty that resulted in an inability to finish his long and very successful career in the way that he had hoped for and planned for.