Baseball Phenom Yasiel Puig Hit With $12 Million Lawsuit 

The honeymoon for Yasiel Puig is officially over.  After bursting onto the scene earlier this season with his Bo Jacksonesque physique, Roberto Clemente-like arm and ridiculous hitting numbers only rivaled by Joe DiMaggio in a player’s first month in the majors, Puig has seen a run of bad press lately.

From basically blowing off former major leaguer Luis Gonzalez to having a somewhat salty attitude to reportedly picking up women through his interpreter, the month of July has been the antithesis of the historic start Puig had to his big league career in June.

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Yasiel Puig | (USA Today)

But I’m sure he would gladly take more minor transgressions than have a multi-million dollar lawsuit on his hands.  According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers rookie sensation is being sued for $12 million by Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot, who claims Puig knowingly made false allegations against him and gave false testimony during his 2010 trial in Cuba.

Corbacho Daudinot received a seven-year prison sentence for plotting to have Puig defect from Cuba in order to play in the major leagues and the sentence was helped primarily by Puig’s testimony.

According to Hernandez’s story, Corbacho Daudinot alleges that Puig knowingly made false claims against him to demonstrate allegiance to the Cuban government and assist in him remaining on the country’s top baseball league team.

Puig did eventually defect from Cuba in June of 2012.

Corbacho Daudinot is seeking damages for “prolonged arbitrary detention and torture.”  He has served 3 1/2 years of his sentence so far.  You might be wondering how a man in Cuba can file a lawsuit against someone in America.  Corbacho Daudinot was able to file his lawsuit in Florida under the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991.

Puig has been in a prolonged slump lately.  Perhaps other teams have finally figured out how to get him out.  That or Puig has other things on his mind.  I’m going with the latter.

Netflix Instant Pick: The Whistleblower 

Sometimes you see a film that angers and frustrates you.  Not because the movie is bad, but because it evokes strong emotion in you due to its subject matter and storytelling.  The Whistleblower is one of those films.

Released in 2010, the film, which is inspired by true events, follows Kathy (Rachel Weisz), an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia.  Dedicated and motivated, Kathy’s expectations of helping rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers corruption and cover-ups amid a world of private contractors and multinational bureaucrats.

The very people she works for knowingly allow human and sex-trafficking to run rampant.  It’s big business.  A mother herself, Kathy is compelled to do whatever is necessary to bring these horrible atrocities to light.  But she’s essentially working alone and she soon finds herself in danger.

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The Whistleblower is incredibly effective in the way it presents the story.  The locations, the dark cinematography and the feeling of isolation with the main character create a sense of paranoia and fear.  This, coupled with dark and grotesque scenes of torture and suffering, make the film hard to watch at times, but necessary considering the subject matter.

Weisz carries the film on her shoulders and delivers her best performance since her Oscar-winning turn in The Constant Gardner.  In one scene, she has run out of tricks and resources to help a particular girl, and she breaks down because she knows she’s helpless to save this poor girl.

There are a few twists and turns near the end, but the resolution, which is happy in a way, leaves you still feeling angry and frustrated because this really happened and still happens all over the world. 

The Whistleblower is not a pleasant experience, but certainly a well-made one.  It presents a subject not often seen in film and it does so in an unflinching way.  It’s probably a film you only need to see once, but that one time, at the very least, will create awareness.  Movies that can do that are worth seeing in my book.

FOX Sideline Reporter Run Over By Football Player

The sideline reporter can be a thankless job.  Reduced to only one or two questions, the reporter often asks generic questions (“What did you see from the defense in the first half?”) that a head coach or a television audience could care less about.  But I guess sports media feels the need to provide some simple form of context despite the fact that we watched the first half and can deduce what happened on our own.  But I digress.

What this little story is about is a reporter getting jacked – Terry Tate Office Linebacker style –  on the sideline by a young football player.  Usually a reporter only has to worry about red-ass coaches giving them one-word answers or jogging just a little too quickly as they try their best to make it to the locker room.

But every so often, a sideline media member will fall victim to a drunk ex-player, an arrant baseball or in this case, an entire human being hurdling at them.

Amy Campbell of FOX Sports Next was the latest victim to join the YouTube Hall of Fame.  Right here in Oregon, while Campbell was interviewing a Fox Sports recruiting analyst, senior Ermon Lane came rushing toward the interview while running out a play.

The 6-foot-2, 172 pound wide receiver went full bore into the tiny female reporter.  Sadly the clip lasts for only 19 seconds so we couldn’t determine whether or not Campbell survived the hit.  But she did provide a response updating her reporting status.

“My knee got a little bit bruised,” she told FOX Sports.  “It’s sore today, but nothing serious.  It could’ve been a lot worse.  At least I can take a hit, right?”

Nice to see Miss Campbell has a sense of humor about the whole situation.  That and she’s officially earned her badge of honor as a sideline reporter.