Yasiel Puig and his lawyers issued a statement on Tuesday to address a lawsuit he's facing for sexual battery based on events that occurred in 2018.
"I am speaking out now to defend my name against false and malicious allegations by a woman who claims I assaulted her in 2018," Puig said via the statement from Werksman, Jackson & Quinn LLP. "Let me be clear and set the record straight once and for all: These allegations are totally false, the evidence proves they are false, and I look forward to all the facts and the truth coming out."
Puig is addressing a six-month-old lawsuit filed under the pseudonym Jane Roe. Roe claims Puig forced her into a bathroom during a Los Angeles Lakers game at Staples Center on Oct. 31, 2018. Roe is suing for sexual battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, and false imprisonment.
"The fact is that I had consensual sex with a woman I met at a Lakers game after she propositioned me," Puig continued. "Afterward, we talked about going out together, but she said she did not want her fiance to find out. We messaged each other afterward and planned to get together again, but we never did."
Puig last played in Major League Baseball in 2019 as a member of the Cleveland Indians. His seven-year career began with the Los Angeles Dodgers and included a stop with the Cincinnati Reds.