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Ben Zobrist news – Wife of pastor who ‘had affair’ with Cubs star’s spouse Julianna stays silent amid explosive claims

The US Sun
The US Sun
 2021-07-21
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THE wife of Byron Yawn, the pastor who cheated on Ben Zobrist with his now-estranged wife Julianna, has remained silent about the explosive case, sparking rumors.

Byron's wife Robin Yawn reportedly informed Major League Baseball that her husband might be having an emotional affair with Zobrist's wife.

The Yawns were high school sweethearts who "had the special blessing of coming to faith during the same period of their lives," according to a bio on the website of their church.

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

Read our Ben Zobrist live blog for the latest news and updates...

JULIANNA SEEKS COMPENSATION FOR BEN'S LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Julianna 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.”

WHAT DID YAWN SAY ABOUT THE LAWSUIT?

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."

Ben Zobrist alleged the pastor and Julianna had an affair while Yawn was their pastor at Community Bible Church in Nashville.

YAWN SERVED AS THE COUPLE'S MARRIAGE COUNSELOR

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.

TWITTER USERS SLAM JULIANNA

Twitter users are posting harsh criticisms of Julianna divorce demands.

One wrote: "Ben Zobrist’s wife is a special type of evil"

BEN SAYS JULIANNA WAS ENGAGED IN 'DECEITFUL, SINISTER SCHEME'

In court documents obtained by the Chicago Tribune, Ben writes in a memorandum that Julianna wanted to hide her affair so he would keep making money as a baseball player.

The memo reads: "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.

"One would be hard pressed to concoct a more deceitful, sinister, and otherwise inappropriate scheme than wife has devised in this divorce matter."

HOW MUCH DID BEN LOSE DURING HIS LEAVE OF ABSENCE?

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.”

BEN ZOBRIST'S ATTORNEY CALLS JULIANNA'S CLAIM 'UTTERLY ABSURD'

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

“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.”

JULIANNA SPENT $30,000 ON A PARTY FOR BYRON YAWN

Julianna Zobrist spent $30,000 on a December 2018 retirement party for Byron Yawn, the pastor who she allegedly had an affair with, according to documents obtained by the Chicago Tribune.

A court filing read: "Mrs. Zobrist paid for the party out of the ‘farm account’ that her husband typically did not review, apparently to keep the cost of the party unknown to him.

"Mrs. Zobrist and Pastor Yawn both became intoxicated and are dancing ‘on’ each other in a provocative way that was very embarrassing to Ben Zobrist, especially in front of their close church friends.

"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."

WHEN DID ZOBRIST FILE FOR DIVORCE?

Zobrist filed for divorce in May 2019 and Julianna, a Christian pop singer, filed a counter-complaint in March 2020, the same month Zobrist retired from the MLB.

The Zobrists had been married since 2005 and have three children together.

The former baseball player, 40, is seeking $6million in damages from pastor Byron Yawn, who had an affair with Julianna.

  • WHEN IS THE ZOBRISTS' DIVORCE TRIAL?
  • Attorneys for Zobrist and Julianna filed the papers July 14 in Williamson County Chancery Court in
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  • The seven-day trial is to begin on August 9.
  • A pretrial hearing is scheduled for July 29.

ZOBRIST FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST PASTOR WHO HAD AFFAIR WITH JULIANNA

Zobrist filed a lawsuit in May demanding $6million from Byron Yawn, the pastor who had an affair with his wife Julianna.

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 became sexual two years later.

She allegedly used burner phones to communicate with Yawn, who at one point served as the Zobrists' marriage counselor.

JULIANNA RELEASES 'PRE-EMPTIVE STATEMENT'

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."

WHAT IS BEN ZOBRIST'S NET WORTH?

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.

  • WHICH TEAMS HAS BEN ZOBRIST PLAYED FOR?
  • 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.

WHAT DOES JULIANNA ZOBRIST DO?

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.

JULIANNA ZOBRIST’S INSTAGRAM STATEMENT ON HER DIVORCE, PART THREE

"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 ZOBRIST’S INSTAGRAM STATEMENT ON HER DIVORCE, PART TWO

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.

JULIANNA ZOBRIST'S INSTAGRAM STATEMENT ON HER DIVORCE

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?"

BEN ZOBRIST'S ATTORNEY CLAIMS JULIANNA 'TORE HIS HEART 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."

WHY DID BEN ZOBRIST TAKE A LEAVE OF ABSENCE FROM BASEBALL?

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.

WHY IS JULIANNA ZOBRIST SUING BEN ZOBRIST?

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.

WHAT TEAMS HAS BEN ZOBRIST PLAYED FOR?

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.

WHAT IS BEN ZOBRIST'S NET WORTH?

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.

WHAT IS BYRON YAWN ACCUSED OF?

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."

WHEN DID BEN ZOBRIST TAKE OFF TIME FROM BASEBALL?

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.

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Daniel Allison
07-23

don't give her anything unless the court makes you ! I'd fight it till my last breathe ! she cheated on him imagine how you'd feel after learning that !

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Reymundo Palomarez
07-22

wonder if she was focused on being a mother to her number 1 priority.... her 3 kids, while getting the bone by the pastor......

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Ira White-Kelly
07-22

Boy boy boy. They have some nerve. For her to think she deserves anything is a joke. Shame shame shame karma is the name.

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