Former MLB Player Ben Zobrist Drops $6 Million Lawsuit Against Pastor Having Affair With His Wife

Ben Zobrist dropped his lawsuit against the pastor his wife was having an affair with. (Getty Images / Youtube)

Former Chicago Cubs utilityman Ben Zobrist dropped his lawsuit against pastor Byron Yawn that sought $6 million in damages stemming from Yawn’s extramarital affair with Zobrist’s estranged wife, Julianna, and an allegation that Yawn defrauded his charity.

According to a court document the Tribune obtained, attorney Larry Crain filed a notice Thursday in Nashville (Tenn.) Circuit Court voluntarily withdrawing the claim, though the type of notice — “without prejudice” — leaves it possible for Zobrist to refile the lawsuit within a year.

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This comes as the Zobrists are engaged in a divorce trial this week in a Franklin, Tenn., court.

“It’s a step in the right direction,” Yawn’s attorney, Christopher Bellamy, told the Tribune.

“I’m suspicious for their reasons but I’m optimistic that he’ll continue to do the right things.”

The notice did not list a reason why Zobrist decided to drop the case. The Tribune attempted to reach Crain via email but didn’t immediately receive a response.

Zobrist first filed the lawsuit May 6, alleging that Yawn’s affair with Julianna — which she admitted to having during a deposition for the divorce — constituted “intentional infliction of emotional distress.”

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SOURCE: Chicago Tribune, Phil Thompson

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