Who is Byron Yawn?

BYRON Yawn is the CEO of a Tennessee consulting firm and a former pastor.

He is also the target of a lawsuit brought by former Major League Baseball player Ben Zobrist.

Who is Byron Yawn?

Byron Yawn is a former pastor at the Community Bible Church in Nashville.

It was at the church where he met Zobrist and his wife Julianna, according to the Journal Star.

Zobrist accused Yawn of having an affair with Julianna and would file for divorce, the newspaper reported.

The former pastor is also accused of defrauding Zobrist’s charity, according to the lawsuit obtained by the Journal Star.

Zobrist, a two-time World Series champion, took four months off from the Chicago Cubs during the 2019 season to address problems with his marriage.

The ballplayer lost $8million in income, according to his lawsuit. He is seeking $6million in damages.

Zobrist took time off from baseball in 2019, but did not learn of the alleged affair until the following year, according to the lawsuit obtained by the Journal Star.

Ben and Julianna, a musician, were married in 2005 and share three children.

The lawsuit states that Ben Zobrist donated a large amount of money to Community Bible Church.  Zobrist also gave Yawn family up to $15,000 for a pastoral trip, according to the newspaper.

The lawsuit states, according to the Journal Star, that Yawn "often capitalized on the Plaintiff's celebrity, asking him to sign autographs for his mother-in-law; requesting tickets to baseball games; hosting 'Guys Night Out' for the church at Mr. Zobrist's home; (requesting) that Mr. Zobrist send personal videos to parishioners who were being baptized; and nominating Mr. Zobrist as a deacon of Community Bible Church in hopes that his celebrity would attract new parishioners and keep current parishioners."

Yawn no longer is part of the Community Bible Church.

Zobrist won the World Series in 2015 with the Kansas City Royals and again in the following season with the Cubs.

He did not play beyond the 2019 season.

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