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Baseball star stands accused in journey from Cuba to big leagues

Published by Yahoo on Tue, 22 Apr 2014


By Zachary Fagenson April 21 (Reuters) - As young Cuban slugger Yasiel Puig is earning millions on the baseball field with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a bizarre story of how the talented player escaped from the Communist-ruled island country is unfolding in U.S. court documents. Puig ran a gauntlet of fast boats, Mexican drug smugglers and even death threats in his 2012 flight from Cuba, according to a $12 million lawsuit filed by a man who accuses the ballplayer of informing on him to Cuban authorities. Puig has declined to comment on the allegations and his lawyer has filed a motion to have the case dismissed. "I'm only focused on being a productive teammate and helping the Dodgers win games," Puig was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his agent.
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