New details emerge about former Cub Ben Zobrist's divorce

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According to the Chicago Tribune, Julianna is requesting an extra $4 million as she contends Ben willingly forfeited that money when he took a leave of absence from the Cubs in May 2019. Per documents obtained by the Tribune, Julianna asserts that Ben “intentionally and voluntarily stopped working” and “essentially went from the top of his game to basically giving up, which caused a massive loss in income.”

In addition, the newspaper’s reporting outlines new details in Julianna’s affair with the Zobrists’ former pastor and marriage counselor, Byron Yawn. Ben alleges that Julianna hid the extent of her affair with Yawn, then purposely destroyed evidence of that affair as court proceedings were underway.

“It appears that one of wife’s main motives in concealing her affair with Pastor while participating in marriage counseling was to coax husband back into playing baseball so he could further enrich the marital estate in which wife is expected to receive significant sums of money once the court equitably divides the estate,” Ben said in his memorandum, via the Tribune. “One would be hard pressed to concoct a more deceitful, sinister, and otherwise inappropriate scheme than wife has devised in this divorce matter.

“Therefore wife is going to claim, in order to complete her scheme, that husband ‘dissipated’ the marital estate when he decided to take a leave of absence so that the parties could work on the marriage. Again, it is difficult to fathom a more disingenuous argument when it was wife, who knew full well that she had no intent in repairing the marriage, even attended marriage counseling in bad faith while continuing her affair with Pastor Yawn.”

Ben also alleges that Julianna overspent from their marital estate— a court order limited her to spending $30,000 per month for living expenses due to exorbitant spending— and is seeking 60% of the couple’s assets, per the newspaper.

According to the Tribune, Ben estimates their marital estate is worth $24 million, while Julianna estimates it’s worth nearly $31 million.

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MLB star's wife 'had affair with pastor' before 'coaxing' him back to Cubs

The US Sun 20 July, 2021 - 06:01pm

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JULIANNA Zobrist allegedly cheated on her ex-Cubs star husband Ben with their pastor, and now Internet trolls are targeting her on Instagram.

"Jesus sure would not like all this stuff your doing" one person wrote on Julianna's most recent post. Another said she was "trying to destroy her husband."

However, some people supported Julianna on the social media platform, with one fan writing, "Thank you for always being open and honest and vulnerable. It reminds us when we are wounded, raw and hurt that we are not alone."

Ben Zobrist learned that his wife was allegedly having an affair with Byron Yawn, their pastor who is also accused of defrauding the ex-MLB star's charity, after filing for divorce, the suit says.

The former baseball player, 40, is seeking $6million in damages from Yawn, who was previously a pastor at Community Bible Church in Nashville

Before filing her suit against Ben Zobrist, Julianna released a pre-emptive statement on her Instagram on July 6, deriding "ugly accusations" made against her.

"There have been many ugly accusations made about me publicly in recent days," she wrote. "And this has created an expectation that I should respond by defending myself—and maybe even offering a few ugly accusations in return. Isn’t that how these kinds of things always play out?

"I am choosing to protect my children’s hearts by not saying hurtful things about their father in public.

"My attention is focused on caring for them during this difficult time, and I refuse to divert my energy to slinging mud and publicly reveal personal details of my previous relationship in order to score sympathy points."

Zobrist is a former MLB second baseman and outfielder.

Zobrist drew an annual salary of $14million while he was an active player.

The former MLB superstar has an estimated $55million net worth, according to reports.

Zobrist is a former Chicago Cubs utility player and 2016 World Series MVP.

He has played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals, and Chicago Cubs.

Julianna is a Christian electronic pop singer who married Ben Zobrist in 2005.

She released her studio album Shatterproof in 2016 and has had two singles chart on Billboard.

She has had some success in the Christian music genre.

"It’s tempting to retaliate or seek revenge when someone decides to hurt, slander, or lie about you," Julianna added in a post on Instagram about her divorce.

"It’s difficult to remember that those who harm us are acting out of their own pain. Wounded people need healing, and that’s what I pray finds every person who is so lost in their pain that they resort to inflicting harm on others."

She revealed that she and her kids are working on "building something healthy, safe, and beautiful where shame does not abide."

"A time will come when I will address my journey, independently of my children," Julianna wrote. "But this is not that time."

Julianna continued, "I have many roles that I am extremely proud to fill — I am a teacher and a learner, a speaker and a listener, a leader and a friend to many. But, the most important role to me is — mother."

"Nothing is more important to me than my three children," she added. "I have always tried to love them in such a way that they will be able to recognize true and healthy love for the remainder of their lives."

She noted that she is trying to "protect" her kids by not speaking ill of their father, Ben Zobrist, publicly.

"I refuse to divert my energy to slinging mud and publicly reveal personal details of my previous relationship in order to score sympathy points," she wrote.

On July 6, Julianna Zobrist brought up her divorce in the caption of an Instagram photo.

"Some of you have been wondering whether I will make a public statement about my divorce," she began the post.

"I know this is true because many of you have sent me encouraging notes and DMs recently. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your kindness."

"There have been many ugly accusations made about me publicly in recent days," she added. "And this has created an expectation that I should respond by defending myself—and maybe even offering a few ugly accusations in return."

"Isn’t that how these kinds of things always play out?"

"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," a statement from Ben Zobrist's attorney said of Julianna Zobrist.

"'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."

Ben Zobrist took four months off from the Chicago Cubs during the 2019 season.

He reportedly did so after learning of an alleged affair between his wife, Julianna Zobrist, and their pastor, Byron Yawn.

Zobrist allegedly took a leave of absence to address the couple's marital issues.

Julianna is demanding $4million in compensation for Zobrist's decision to take a leave of absence from the MLB after allegedly having an affair with the couple's pastor, Byron Yawn.

Julianna will argue in next month's divorce trial that Zobrist is "guilty of failing to preserve marital assets" because he took a leave of absence to work on the couple's marital issues.

Zobrist is a former MLB second baseman as well as an outfielder.

He has played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals, and Chicago Cubs.

He is also a two-time World Series champion.

He won consecutive seasons with the Royals in 2016 and the Cubs in 2016.

Zobrist is a former MLB second baseman and outfielder.

Zobrist drew an annual salary of $14million while he was an active player.

The former MLB superstar has an estimated $55million net worth, according to reports.

Byron Yawn is accused of allegedly having an affair with Julianna Zobrist and of allegedly defrauding Ben Zobrist's charity.

Zobrist filed the complaint on May 6 in Nashville Circuit Court against Byron Yawn seeking $6 million in punitive and compensatory damages.

The lawsuit states, according to the Journal Star, that Yawn "often capitalized on the Plaintiff's celebrity, asking him to sign autographs for his mother-in-law; requesting tickets to baseball games; hosting 'Guys Night Out' for the church at Mr. Zobrist's home; (requesting) that Mr. Zobrist send personal videos to parishioners who were being baptized; and nominating Mr. Zobrist as a deacon of Community Bible Church in hopes that his celebrity would attract new parishioners and keep current parishioners."

Ben Zobrist took four months off from the Chicago Cubs during the 2019 season.

He reportedly did so to address problems with his marriage.

Julianna Zobrist and Ben filed for divorce in 2019.

Byron Yawn is a former pastor at the Community Bible Church in Nashville.

It was at the church where he met Ben Zobrist and his wife Julianna, according to the Journal Star.

Byron Yawn is a former pastor at the Community Bible Church in Nashville.

He served as the senior pastor at Community Bible Church for about 20 years and acted as the Zobrist's marriage counselor since they began attending his church in 2005.

He also worked with Julianna at the Zobrist's charity where he earned an annual salary of $36,000.

Ben Zobrist's non-profit charity Patriot Forward is registered in Tennessee as a Christian organization.

The charity workes to help the general wellbeing and mental health of professional athletes.

They reportedly have services to help educate players on their "domestic context" and guide players on life after their professional athletic careers.

Zobrist took time off from baseball in 2019.

But he did not learn of the alleged affair until the following year, according to the lawsuit obtained by the Journal Star.

Zobrist accused pastor Byron Yawn of having an affair with Julianna and would go on to file for divorce.

Ben Zobrist was born in Eureka, Illinois.

He is the son of Tom Zobrist, who was a senior pastor of Liberty Bible Church in Eureka.

He was given an offer to play college baseball at Olivet Nazarene University, but transferred to Dallas Baptist University for his senior year.

Julianna Zobrist was born in Florida.

She later moved to Iowa where she attended Christian school while her father was a pastor.

Julianna then moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University and graduated in 2007.

Ben and Julianna married while she was still attending Belmont in 2005.

They are now filing for divorce after Ben accused Julianna of having an affair with their pastor, Byron Yawn.

Julianna Zobrist and Byron Yawn are accused of having an affair.

According to a court brief cited by the Chicago Tribune, "In March of 2019, wife had an affair with Mr. Yawn and admitted this relationship to husband in May of 2019. Although she did not admit the adultery until later."

Byron Yawn is the CEO of a Tennessee consulting firm and a former pastor.

He is a former pastor at the Community Bible Church in Nashville, where he met Zobrist and his wife Julianna, according to the Journal Star.

He is accused of having an affair with Julianna and of defrauding Zobrist’s charity.

Ben and Julianna Zobrist do have children.

The couple shares three kids: one boy and two girls.

Their names are Zion Benjamin Zobrist, Kruse Allegra Zobrist, and Blaise Royal Zobrist.

Julianna is a Christian electronic pop singer who married Ben in 2005.

She released her studio album Shatterproof in 2016 and has had two singles chart on Billboard.

She has had mediocre success in the Christian music genre.

Ben Zobrist’s wife seeks $4M, claims ex-MLB star failed to ‘preserve marital assets’

KSNT News 20 July, 2021 - 02:59pm

CHICAGO (WGN) — The wife of former Major League star Ben Zobrist said in court documents that her husband failed “to preserve marital assets” when he stepped away from the Chicago Cubs in May of 2019.

Julianna Zobrist is now seeking an additional $4 million in the couple’s divorce trial, claiming in a filing obtained by the Chicago Tribune that he “intentionally and voluntarily stopped working” and “essentially went from the top of his game to basically giving up, which caused a massive loss in income.”

Her attorney argues that, “In 2019, he had a contract with the Chicago Cubs for ($12 million), but since he only played for 2 months, his salary was prorated and he only earned ($4.5 million) of the ($12 million) he could have earned.”

Ben Zobrist’s attorney Helen S. Rogers called the claim “utterly absurd,” and argues that the former World Series MVP was too devastated to play baseball after finding out that his wife had been having an affair with the family pastor, Byron Yawn, and took a leave of absence from the team.

“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,” Rogers wrote in the memorandum. “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.”

Ben Zobrist, who is suing Yawn for $6 million for allegedly defrauding his charity, claims that his wife “coaxed” him back to baseball so he could finish his contract with the Cubs.

Julianna and Ben Zobrist laid out a number of claims against each other in the court filing, with the former infielder alleging that his wife’s spending spiraled out of control while he financially propped up her career as a Christian pop singer, author and speaker.

The document claims that Julianna’s ventures led to a net loss of $212,000 in 2019, with $188,000 going to clothing. Rogers argues that she overspent from the couple’s estate by “at least $691,602.86,” including $30,000 on a party for Yawn in December of 2018, an event Ben Zobrist characterizes as the “genesis” of his split from Julianna.

Julianna Zobrist’s attorney, Marlene Eskind Moses, argued that her client’s husband suffers from “mental health issues” that Julianna Zobrist worked to alleviate so he could keep playing baseball.

Julianna Zobrist is asking for a 50-50 split of the marital assets, along with the $4 million from money she claims her husband should have made during the 2019 baseball season..

Ben Zobrist won two World Series championships during his 13-year baseball career, first with the Kansas City Royals in 2015 and then the next year with the Chicago Cubs.

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TOPEKA (KSNT) - A Greenleaf man is facing a possible life sentence and multiple charges in relation to a 2018 double homicide, according to Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay.

On July 23, 2018, law enforcement was called to 3541 SE Girard St. in reference to an apparent home invasion. Officers found two dead victims inside the home. The victims were identified as Lisa Sportsman, 28, and a 17-year-old relative of hers.

"This year's annual meeting is different than anything we've ever done before. I almost feel like I'm at a party and not a business meeting," said Matt Pivarnik, Greater Topeka Partnership CEO. "We are going to be heavy on celebration, heavy on complimenting the community on their resiliency and we are going to have three bands playing here today."

De Sousa posted on his Twitter account about the decision.

Cubs star Ben Zobrist's wife 'threw $30K party for pastor lover'

Daily Mail 20 July, 2021 - 01:31pm

By Emily Crane and Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com

New details have emerged from court filings in former Chicago Cubs star Ben Zobrist's sordid divorce saga, including how his Christian singer wife allegedly feted her pastor lover with a $30,000 retirement party.

The 40-year-old Major League Baseball player, who has since retired, alleged in a lawsuit filed in May that his wife, Julianna, had a year-long affair with their married Nashville pastor Bryon Yawn who, at one point, had given the couple marriage counseling. 

Ben and Julianna each filed for divorce in 2019 after 14 years of marriage. More than two years later, the former couple remain separated as their case, made complicated by multimillion-dollar claims and lawsuits, continues to wind its way through the courts.

The Zobrists' divorce is scheduled to go to trial in August.  

Court documents allege that Julianna Zobrist, the wife of Chicago Cubs star Ben Zobrist (pictured together, left), spent $30,000 on a retirement party for her pastor lover Byron Yawn in December 2018 (right) 

Julianna, a mom-of-three Christian singer, admitted in court records to buying a burner phone for the purpose of communicating with Yawn

In court filings obtained by the Chicago Tribune on Monday, Ben Zobrist claimed the 'genesis' of the unraveling of his marriage was the retirement party that his wife, a Christian singer, organized in December 2018 for Yawn, who was stepping away from his role as elder of Community Bible Church in Nashville.

'The one-night party cost almost $30,000 and was conducted at the Zobrist farm,' according to the documents. 

Julianna allegedly paid for the lavish soiree out of the 'farm account' that her husband usually did not check.

During the celebration, Julianna and Pastor Yawn both got drunk and were described in the filings as 'dancing "on" each other in a provocative way that was very embarrassing to Ben Zobrist, especially in front of their close church friends.'

The dad-of-three baseball player privately rebuked his wife for her conduct, to which Julianna was said to have taken 'umbrage.' 

Prior to the party, Ben stated in court documents that his wife told him she had 'new thoughts and opinions that differed from some of their religious background and family beliefs.'

In her own court filing, Julianna said she 'began questioning some of her religious beliefs,' and reached out to Yawn to seek 'solace in his support.' As time passed, their relationship turned romantic. 

During a deposition, Julianna testified that her relationship with the married pastor 'crossed the line' in September 2018.

Julianna was said to have told Ben in 2018 that she was having 'new thoughts' about their religious beliefs. The pair are pictured together in 2016  

Julianna, a mom-of-three Christian singer, admitted in court records to buying a burner phone for the purpose of communicating with Yawn. She promised Ben she would stop talking to the pastor while they were in counseling 

Ben allegedly learned of his wife's infidelity from Yawn's own wife, Robin (pictured left with the pastor)

Ben and Julianna filed for legal separation and divorce, respectively, in May 2019, but then decided to try marriage counseling.

Ben took a leave from the Cubs after learning of Julianna's affair with Yawn from the pastor's then-wife, Robin. 

During that time, Ben claimed that his wife continued communicating with Yawn 'despite her promises to the contrary' using a burning phone.

Julianna admitted to buying a disposable phone in June 2019 to keep in touch with the pastor, and then throwing away the device in an alleged attempt to conceal evidence of the affair.  

Julianna now is demanding Ben pay her $4million as part of their divorce settlement because she claims he gave up his career and lost out on his contract after her affair with Yawn.    

Ben and Julianna both filed for divorce in May 2019 after 14 years of marriage

Julianna is claiming in pretrial court documents, obtained by the Chicago Tribune, that Zobrist was 'guilty of failing to preserve marital assets' when he stepped away from the team. 

As a result of his leave of absence, Zobrist only played two months of the 2019 season and earned a prorated $4.5million of his $12million contract, according to the court filings. 

Julianna accused the 2016 World Series MVP 'basically giving up' and losing out on income when he 'intentionally and voluntarily' took leave.

She is seeking a 50-50 split of their marital assets and the additional $4million, which she claims is the 'amount of money he failed to preserve by abruptly and intentionally failing to satisfy his baseball contract'. 

Zobrist's attorney slammed the claim as 'utterly absurd' and accused Julianna of trying to shift the blame after she admitted to having the affair with their pastor. 

'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,' the attorney said in the filing. 

'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.' 

Juliana, who shares three children with her husband, is claiming Zobrist was 'guilty of failing to preserve marital assets' when he stepped away from the team in May 2019 amid their marital issues

Zobrist, who is seeking a 60-40 split of their assets, has accused his wife over overspending from the marital estate by $690,000. 

In the divorce proceedings, Zobrist is seeking shared custody of their three children. Julianna, however, is after full custody.  

Separate to the divorce trial, Zobrist filed a $6million lawsuit against Yawn in June for emotional distress and allegedly defrauding his charity.

Zobrist alleged in that lawsuit that he initially believed his wife and Yawn were only an emotional relationship but discovered in June 2020 that they had been having an affair.

The $6million is the income Zobrist lost out on while taking his leave of absence.  

The lawsuit alleges that the Zobrists, who married in 2005 and have three children, met Yawn more than 16 years ago through the Community Bible Church where he was a pastor.

The pastor gave the Zobrists pre and post-marital counseling, the lawsuit says. He also gave Zobrist advice regarding anxiety and depression.

Yawn and Julianna started speaking frequently in 2018 and allegedly started having the affair that fall. They are alleged to have used pre-paid cell phones to keep it a secret.  

At the time, Zobrist was confiding in Yawn that his marriage was crumbling. 

The baseball star told his pastor that Julianna had consulted a divorce lawyer, according to the lawsuit.

At the time, Zobrist was confiding in Yawn that his marriage was crumbling in a series of texts included in the lawsuit. The baseball star told his pastor that Julianna had consulted a divorce lawyer, according to the lawsuit

In a text message to Yawn about his marriage breakdown, Zobrist wrote: 'She used the words emotional, verbal and spiritual abuse. I was shocked. Can't be 2,000 miles away from her and kids while she's thinking that about me. I have owned every bit of my sin, but I will not own the abuse angle.'

Yawn replied: 'I'm sure it's like getting knocked off your feet and into your head. But I can't imagine what it feels like in this moment. Your (sic) a husband and a father first. That's who you are.'

He also urged Zobrist to give his wife space, according to the suit.

During this time, the lawsuit alleges that Yawn also got a leadership position at Patriot Forward, which is a non-profit that Zobrist had founded to help athletes with mental health.

Yawn was fired in March 2019 but fraudulently continued to receive a $3,500 a month salary until that May, the lawsuit claims. 

It is not clear how he was able to receive the salary even after being terminated.

Yawn's relationship with Julianna allegedly came to light after the pastor's wife, Robin Yawn, discovered the pre-paid phones the pair had been using in May 2019.

She told Zobrist that she believed her husband was having an emotional relationship with Julianna.

Zobrist took leave from the Cubs and filed for divorce, according to the lawsuit.

The baseball star only discovered in June 2020 - as a result of court documents filed during the divorce proceedings - that his wife had allegedly had a sexual relationship with Yawn.

Zobrist rejoined the Cubs in September 2019 but retired at the end of the season. 

Yawn is no longer associated with the church and is now CEO of the Nashville business-consulting firm Forrest Crain & Co. 

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Chicago Cubs: Court papers reveal new allegations in Ben Zobrist divorce

Atlanta Journal Constitution 20 July, 2021 - 11:19am

Several new bombshells have come to light in the bitter and lengthy divorce of former Chicago Cubs player Ben Zobrist and his estranged wife Julianna, who are scheduled to appear in court next month amid a newly filed lawsuit from May that alleges Julianna had a year-long affair with their Nashville pastor Bryon Yawn.

The couple filed for divorce in 2019 after 14 years of marriage.

Court documents detailed this week in the Chicago Tribune reveal that Julianna accused Ben of “basically giving up” and losing out on income when he “intentionally and voluntarily” took a leave of absence from the team in 2019 to address family issues stemming from the divorce.

The second-baseman did return to play for the Cubs that season, which was the final year of his playing career, but only for approximately two months of service time, which earned him a prorated $4.5 million of his $12.5 million salary.

In court documents, Ben Zobrist alleges Julianna “coaxed” him into returning to play, a claim made in response to Julianna’s request for an additional $4 million due to a loss of income from the leave of absence.

Ben Zobrist’s attorney said Julianna’s claim was “utterly absurd” and accused Julianna of trying to shift the blame after she admitted to having the affair with Yawn.

“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,” the attorney said in the document.

In another allegation, Ben claims Julianna spent $30,000 on a retirement party at their Nashville home for Yawn in December 2018. He also added that Julianna was intoxicated at the party, and danced “lewdly” with Yawn in front of family and friends.

Ben Zobrist’s court filing also accuses Julianna of “excessive and wasteful spending,” an average of $24,000 per month, and cites her lack of income as part of the reason behind Ben asking for the majority of the family’s assets.

In a separate court memo, however, Julianna claims that Ben has “perfectionist tendencies” that resulted in him being an “overbearing” and “controlling” spouse.

“Throughout their marriage, Husband struggled with mental health issues that included manic tendencies, depression, anxiety, melancholy and thoughts of suicide,” Julianna’s memo states.

The divorce is scheduled for a seven-day bench trial in Franklin, Tennessee, beginning Aug. 9, according to the Chicago Tribune.

MLB star's wife blasted 'ugly accusations she had affair with pastor'

The US Sun 20 July, 2021 - 11:19am

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THE estranged wife of Chicago Cubs star Ben Zobrist hit back against "ugly accusations" made against her, days before she was publicly accused of having an affair with the couple's pastor.

Julianna Zobrist, a Christian pop singer, is seeking $4 million from Ben as part of a divorce settlement, claiming he allegedly failed to "preserve marital assets" when he took a leave of absence from the MLB in 2019.

In court documents, first obtained by the Chicago Tribune, Julianna claims the 2016 World Series winner "intentionally and voluntarily" stopped working at the "top of his game" and gave up, affecting household income.

She is seeking an even split of their assets and $4 million, which she claims is the amount he "failed to preserve by abruptly and intentionally failing to satisfy his baseball contract.”

It came after Ben, 40, filed a lawsuit in May demanding $6 million from Nashville-based Pastor Byron Yawn, who he claims had an affair with Julianna while serving as the couple's marriage counselor.

According to documents from the suit, obtained by The Peoria Journal Star, Julianna began talking to the Community Bible Church pastor in 2018, and the relationship soon became sexual.

She admitted to her husband that she'd had an emotional affair with Yawn in May 2019, and the outfield took a leave of absence from the Cubs days later. It was only in June 2020 that Julianna admitted that she and Yawn had been sexually involved, documents state.

Before filing her suit, Julianna released a pre-emptive statement on her Instagram on July 6, deriding "ugly accusations" made against her.

"There have been many ugly accusations made about me publicly in recent days," she wrote. "And this has created an expectation that I should respond by defending myself—and maybe even offering a few ugly accusations in return. Isn’t that how these kinds of things always play out?

"I am choosing to protect my children’s hearts by not saying hurtful things about their father in public.

"My attention is focused on caring for them during this difficult time, and I refuse to divert my energy to slinging mud and publicly reveal personal details of my previous relationship in order to score sympathy points."

Julianna continued that while it's "tempting to retaliate or seek revenge when someone decides to hurt, slander, or lie about you," she is choosing not to speak publicly on the matter.

"It’s difficult to remember that those who harm us are acting out of their own pain. Wounded people need healing, and that’s what I pray finds every person who is so lost in their pain that they resort to inflicting harm on others.

"My reconfigured family—a resilient mother and her three remarkably brave children—are building something healthy, safe and beautiful where shame does not abide."

Ben's attorney, Helen S. Rogers, has since released a statement about the claims Julianna made in her legal filing, calling them "utterly absurd."

Contrary to Julianna's claims that Ben "chose" to take time away from the MLB, Rogers said her alleged affair with Yawn caused baseball star so much "extreme mental distress" that he had no other choice but to step away.

The attorney also claimed Julianna "coaxed" her husband into returning to the Cubs.

“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,” Rogers wrote in a filing to the judge.

"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.”

The pair's divorce proceedings are set to begin on August 9.

Ben Zobrist took a leave of absence from the Cubs in May 2019.

The outfielder missed four months and lost $8million in salary, half of which Julianna is now demanding for herself, along with half of the pair's total assets.

Her suit argues that because of the leave, Ben “essentially went from the top of his game to basically giving up, which caused a massive loss in income.”

In pretrial documents, her attorney states: "In 2019, he[Ben] had a contract with the Chicago Cubs for ($12 million), but since he only played for 2 months, his salary was prorated and he only earned ($4.5 million) of the ($12 million) he could have earned."

Julianna also alleges that she was forced to "manage [her] husband's behavior" because of his struggles with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.

She argues that she supported Ben throughout his "often-rigorous baseball schedule, many of the games lasting late at night, with all three children in tow."

Ben, meanwhile, is pushing for a 60-40 split of assets, claiming that Julianna overspent their estate by “at least $691,602.86."

In his separate suit against Yawn, he alleged the pastor and Julianna had an affair while Yawn was their pastor at Community Bible Church in Nashville. 

According to the Tribune, Yawn served as the couple’s pre- and post-marital counselor, and that he and Julianna started talking more in 2018 and then had a sexual relationship in 2019.

The pair allegedly communicated with one another via pre-paid burner phones.

The affair was reportedly foiled when Yawn's wife found one of the devices her husband was using to text Julianna and informed Ben.

Yawn is also accused of having Zobrist sign autographs, get tickets for baseball games, host events at his home and send personal messages to newly baptized members of the church.

The suit also claimed that Yawn received $3,500 monthly checks from a nonprofit Zobrist founded for two months after he was fired as executive director in March 2019.

He is suing Yawn for $6 million, alleging "intentional inflection of emotional distress" and defrauding his charity.

In a statement, Yawn said: "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."

Ex-MLB star Ben Zobrist claims 'genesis' of marriage fracture was $30K party for pastor amid wife's affair

Fox News 20 July, 2021 - 07:06am

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Former Chicago Cubs star Ben Zobrist identified in court filings the "genesis" of his split with his wife, Christian pop singer Julianna Zobrist, as details of their messy divorce trickled out.

According to court documents obtained by the Chicago Tribune on Monday, the 2016 World Series MVP said in his filing that the retirement party Julianna Zobrist threw for their pastor Byron Yawn in December 2018 was the real start of their marriage’s downfall. Zobrist said his wife spent $30,000 on the party, which was held at their farm.

"Wife took umbrage at her husband’s rebuking her privately after the party for acting in this manner in public. However, unknown to husband, wife was already ‘in love’ with Pastor Yawn."

Julianna Zobrist said in her court filing she began to have "new thoughts" and reached out to Yawn for apparent advice. Her relationship with Yawn would then grow to something more than just a pastor-patron relationship.

"Wife reached out to her pastor, Byron Yawn, and found solace in his support," her filing said. "The parties had a friendship with Mr. Yawn and his family. Wife’s friendship and connection with Mr. Yawn grew over a period of time and changed into a romantic relationship. In March of 2019, wife had an affair with Mr. Yawn and admitted this relationship to husband in May of 2019. Although she did not admit the adultery until later."

Before the start of the 2019 season, Ben Zobrist said his wife admitted to having an "emotional affair" with Yawn. He said he was alerted to the affair by Yawn’s wife in May 2019. The MLB player took a leave of absence on May 8 – and at the time it was unknown what the reason was for.

Julianna Zobrist allegedly told her husband the affair was over but is accused of keeping in contact with the former pastor and even allegedly bought a "burner phone" to talk to him. She admitted to getting the phone in June 2019 and later threw it away. She said getting the new phone and changing cellphone carriers allowed her to get "rid of her phone that contained the nude photos and text messages that she had sent to Yawn."

Ben Zobrist attended marriage counseling during his absence with the Cubs in 2019 and alleged that his wife "coaxed" him to return to the Cubs to finish out his contract. During the marriage counseling sessions, Julianna Zobrist is accused of keeping the affair going.

The affair was first publicly revealed in June, according to the Journal Star.

Julianna Zobrist is seeking $4 million in the divorce as she claimed her husband allegedly failed to "preserve marital assets" when he took a leave of absence in 2019. She claimed her husband "intentionally and voluntarily stopped working" and went from "the top of his game" to "giving up," which affected the household income.

She is reportedly seeking an even split of marital assets and the large sums, claiming the figure is the "amount of money he failed to preserve by abruptly and intentionally failing to satisfy his baseball contract."

According to Spotrac, Zobrist is estimated to have made about $78.3 million during his 13-year baseball career.

Yawn is also accused of having Zobrist sign autographs, get tickets for baseball games, host events at his home and send personal messages to newly baptized members of the church, the paper reported. The suit also claimed that Yawn received $3,500 monthly checks from a nonprofit Zobrist founded for two months after he was fired as executive director in March 2019.

Ben Zobrist is also suing Yawn for $6 million in a separate case for alleged "intentional inflection of emotional distress" and defrauding his charity, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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Ben Zobrist’s wife seeks $4M in divorce, he says she ‘coaxed’ him to return

New York Post 19 July, 2021 - 09:48pm

By Ryan Gaydos , Fox News

July 19, 2021 | 10:48pm | Updated July 20, 2021 | 7:51am

Julianna Zobrist, the wife of former Chicago Cubs star Ben Zobrist, is seeking $4 million as she claimed her husband allegedly failed to “preserve marital assets” when he took a leave of absence from the Major League Baseball team in 2019.

In court documents obtained by the Chicago Tribune on Monday, Julianna Zobrist claimed the 2016 World Series MVP “intentionally and voluntarily stopped working” and went from “the top of his game” to “giving up” which affected the household income.

She is reportedly seeking an even split of marital assets and the large sums claiming the figure is the “amount of money he failed to preserve by abruptly and intentionally failing to satisfy his baseball contract.”

According to Spotrac, Zobrist is estimated to have made about $78.3 million during his 13-year baseball career.

The former MLB player’s attorney, Helen S. Rogers, called the claim “utterly absurd” in a filing to the judge who is set to handle the divorce proceedings. Rogers said that Julianna Zobrist’s alleged affair with former Tennessee pastor Byron Yawn caused the outfielder “extreme mental distress” and added that the singer “coaxed” her husband into returning to the Cubs.

“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,” Rogers wrote in the filing, via the Chicago Tribune. “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.”

Divorce proceedings are set to take place on Aug. 9.

Ben Zobrist claimed his wife and Yawn had the affair while Yawn was their pastor at Community Bible Church in Nashville. According to the paper, Yawn served as the couple’s pre- and post-marital counselor and that he and Julianna started talking more in 2018 and then had a sexual relationship in 2019.

Yawn’s wife, Robin, reportedly found pre-paid phones that the two were using to contact each other and she alerted the former MLB player of the alleged affair, initially believing they were in an emotional relationship. Julianna Zobrist would later admit to having the sexual relationship in June 2020 via their divorce proceedings.

Yawn is also accused of having Zobrist sign autographs, get tickets for baseball games, host events at his home and send personal messages to newly baptized members of the church, the paper reported. The suit also claimed that Yawn received $3,500 monthly checks from a non-profit Zobrist founded for two months after he was fired as executive director in March 2019.

Ben Zobrist is also suing Yawn for $6 million in a separate case for alleged “intentional inflection of emotional distress” and defrauding his charity, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Ben Zobrist in May 2019 filed for legal separation from Julianna, alleging she “has been guilty of inappropriate marital conduct,” according to the Tennessean. He filed for separation in Tennessee, while Julianna filed for divorce in Illinois, according to the Chicago-Sun Times.

Zobrist at that time took a leave of absence from baseball. He rejoined the Cubs in September 2019 and would later retire at the conclusion of the 2019 season.

Julianna Zobrist, a Christian pop singer, has sung the national anthem at several Cubs games in the past and performed “God Bless America” before a 2016 World Series game at Wrigley Field.

Ben Zobrist says wife ‘coaxed’ him into returning to Cubs; wife wants additional $4 million in assets

USA TODAY 19 July, 2021 - 04:26pm

Ex-Cubs star Ben Zobrist took leave in 2019 in an effort to resolve his marital woes. His wife says he could have made $12 million if he didn't.

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The wife of Ben Zobrist filed court documents claiming that the former Chicago Cubs player failed “to preserve marital assets” when he took a leave of absence in 2019. 

Julianna Zobrist also claimed in court documents, obtained by the Chicago Tribune that Ben Zobrist “essentially went from the top of his game to basically giving up, which caused a massive loss in income" and that he “intentionally and voluntarily stopped working.”

She is asking for an additional $4 million to be awarded to her during their divorce trial, which is set for next month.  

“In 2019, he had a contract with the Chicago Cubs for ($12 million), but since he only played for 2 months, his salary was prorated and he only earned ($4.5 million) of the ($12 million) he could have earned,” according to the memorandum filed by Julianna Zobrist’s attorney.

Ben Zobrist's attorney calls Julianna Zobrist's claim “utterly absurd” in a filing to the judge handling the couple's divorce proceedings.

Ben Zobrist claimed that his wife had an affair with their minister, for whom he is suing. Zobrist said the minister defrauded his charity foundation to tune of $6 million. He also says that Julianna ‘coaxed’ him into returning to the Cubs.

“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," the filing by Ben Zobrist's attorney stated.

Zobrist was a three-time All-Star, playing with the Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals and Cubs. He won World Series titles with the Royals in 2015 and was named the World Series MVP when the Cubs won in 2016. 

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