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Two-time World Series champion Ben Zobrist’s nightmare, brought upon by his soon-to-be ex-wife, Julianna, who allegedly had an affair with the family’s pastor, just won’t end as new court documents show Julianna wants an additional $4 million in the ugly upcoming divorce which is set for August, according to the Chicago Tribune.
And Julianna’s legal team says it’s Ben’s fault for failing “to preserve marital assets” when he stepped away from the Chicago Cubs, which Zobrist claims was an attempt to save his marriage that was falling apart due to his pastor, Byron Yawn, who also served as an employee of the Zobrist charity foundation and who was (allegedly) having an affair with Julianna.
The new documents show that Julianna’s legal team is ready to play hardball.
“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,” Julianna Zobrist’s attorney wrote in a document filed in divorce court.
This ugly divorce from Julianna isn’t the only legal proceeding on Ben’s plate. He’s also suing the guy who was (allegedly) banging his wife while he was out on the road for defrauding the family charity of $6 million. And while Ben’s at it, he fired back at Julianna by stating in his own court document it was Julianna who “coaxed” him into returning to the Cubs while she was (allegedly) banging the family pastor.
“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’s attorney wrote in his own court document.
Add it all up and you have one of the nastiest divorces in recent athlete divorce history. Julianna has spent the last few months pumping out inspirational Instagram caption quotes while Ben tries to figure out how he got himself into this nightmare. Add in three children and this one is about as ugly as it gets.
“It’s tempting to retaliate or seek revenge when someone decides to hurt, slander, or lie about you. Especially in public,” Julianna wrote on Instagram in early July. “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.”
In other words, buckle up, this one is far from over, especially since Ben Zobrist made $87 million over his baseball career.