Never underestimate a Chicago Cub.
He might be losing nine innings but then come back and….
Win the World Series?
Yes and… sue the creep who had an affair with his (now ex-) wife and defrauded his charity.
Ben Zobrist, you’re a hero.
Zobrist is seeking $6 million in damages in a lawsuit against Byron Yawn, his former pastor and current CEO of a Nashville-area counseling firm.
Yes, the Other Man’s name is Byron Yawn. A poet who puts you to sleep? “Romantic” yet banal. Like a drugstore carnation bouquet. Perfect Schmoopie name. I digress.
According to the complaint filed May 6 in Nashville Circuit Court, Yawn, while acting as the Zobrists’ marital counselor and executive director of Ben Zobrist’s charity, “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.”
To recap this shit show: Zobrist met his unfaithful wife, Julianna, at the Bible church where Yawn was a pastor. (He curiously does not appear on the church’s website any longer.)
In 2018, Yawn and Julianna were having an “emotional affair” via burner phones. (If you believe it was an emotional affair, I can turn communion wafers into corgis.) Or at least that’s what Yawn’s chump wife told Ben.
Poor guy then goes on to Save His Marriage.
According to the New York Post:
Yawn provided the couple with marriage counseling in 2019 and counseled the 2016 World Series MVP on dealing with his anxiety and depression.
Yep, you read that right. The sinister minister who fucked his wife is the same Reconciliation Industrial Complex quack who “helps” Ben realize that the problem is really Ben.
It was not until June 2020 when Zobrist learned that his wife had a sexual relationship with their minister, according to the lawsuit. Julianna admitted that she lied to her husband about the nature of the affair in a written admission in their divorce proceedings.
During the period when their marriage began to deteriorate, Zobrist was discussing his marital troubles with Byron Yawn, who encouraged him to give his wife some space. According to text messages between the two, Julianna Zobrist had been speaking to divorce lawyers.
“She used the words emotional, verbal and spiritual abuse. I was shocked,” Zobrist texted [to Yawn]. “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.”
“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.”
So, while Ben is trying to save his marriage (and demonstrate that he is NOT a monster), he TAKES A FOUR MONTH LEAVE OF ABSENCE from his MLB job.
During that span of time, he lost $8 million in income, according to the lawsuit.
Is Yawn content to just screw Julianna and mindfuck Ben? No, of course not. If you’re going to be a sinister minister you can’t stop there. You have to dip your sticky fingers in the till. For Jesus.
According to the Peoria Journal Star:
Still, Yawn continued to draw a $3,500 monthly salary until May 2019. The lawsuit did not explain how Yawn was issued those checks, other than to say it was done fraudulently.
The lawsuit also reveals Ben Zobrist donated significant sums to Community Bible Church. On average, he contributed $10,000 monthly. Zobrist also gave the Yawn family between $10,000 and $15,000 to fund a pastoral trip.
“Mr. Yawn often capitalized on the Plaintiff’s celebrity,” the lawsuit states, “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.”
Oh Ben. Big hugs from Chump Nation. You unleash those lawyers. You get that money. Kick Julianna’s and Byron’s ass in court like they were Cleveland Indians.
They fucked with the wrong guy.