Former Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is facing two charges in a gambling case that was first reported last year. According to recent reporting by KTLA 5, he now faces two federal counts of making false statements and obstructing justice. These charges are related to his alleged involvement in an illegal online gambling operation.
The additional charges against Puig come after a joint investigation by the Major League Baseball and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The investigation was launched last year after reports emerged that Puig was involved in an online gambling ring that accepted bets on sporting events, including MLB games.
After Puig first entered the big leagues in 2013, he has been involved in several off-field incidents. Puig previously was charged with lying to federal investigators after he denied placing bets through an illegal gambling operation in 2019. If convicted of his new charges, Puig could face significant fines and even up to 10 years in prison.
The most recent charges against Puig come at a time when the league is making an effort to crack down on illegal gambling. In recent years, the MLB has introduced stricter rules and regulations aimed at preventing players from engaging in illegal betting activities.
The 32-year-old’s case is being closely watched, as it serves as a cautionary tale for other players who may be tempted to engage in similar activities. The MLB and FBI will continue to monitor the situation and take action as necessary to protect the integrity of the league.
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