MIAMI (AP) — Court documents in Miami say the smugglers who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig (yah-SEEL' pweeg) leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig.
The boxer describes in an affidavit a dangerous odyssey of shady characters, unpaid smuggling debts and threats of violence that have followed Puig since he left Cuba in June 2012. Boxer Yunior Despaigne (YOON'-yur deh-SPAWN'-yay) says the smugglers claim Puig owes them money.
Puig's smuggling venture was first reported by Los Angeles Magazine. Despaigne says Puig promised 20 percent of his contract to Miami men who set up the smuggling venture.
Puig signed a $42 million, seven-year contract with the Dodgers in June 2012. The outfielder is declining comment.