Ex-Cubs star Ben Zobrist's cheating wife Julianna 'spent $30,000 of his money on drunken party for married pastor lover'

FORMER Cubs star Ben Zobrist's estranged wife spent $30,000 of his money on a drunken retirement party for her married pastor lover, according to new court filings.

It also claims Julianna Zobrist danced drunkenly on top of the pastor during the event, embarrassing the sports star in front of their church.


The ex-MLB player has claimed that the party was the "genesis" of his split from wife Julianna, despite not knowing that she and the pastor were having an affair at the time.

Julianna reportedly hosted the event on Ben's farm in December 2018 and used its bank account to splurge on celebrations for Byron Yawn, their former marriage counselor.

According to a pre-trial filing for divorce proceedings next month, Julianna used the farm accounts to bankroll the party as she knew that Ben did not check them regularly.

“The one-night party cost almost $30,000 and was conducted at the Zobrist farm,” the filing states, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“Mrs. Zobrist paid for the party out of the ‘farm account’ that her husband typically did not review, apparently to keep the cost of the party unknown to him."

'VERY EMBARRASSING'

The filing also alleges that Julianna and Pastor Yawn "both became intoxicated and are dancing ‘on’ each other in a provocative way that was very embarrassing to Ben Zobrist, especially in front of their close church friends."

“Wife took umbrage at her husband’s rebuking her privately after the party for acting in this manner in public," it adds.

"However, unknown to husband, wife was already ‘in love’ with Pastor Yawn.”

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Julianna Zobrist has admitted to having an affair with Yawn.

Yet she has hit back at Ben during divorce proceedings and accused him of being “guilty of failing to preserve marital assets” as she pushes for more money from the settlement.

The Christian singer is demanding $4million in compensation for his decision to take a leave of absence from the Cubs after he learned of the affair.

Julianna also wants half of the couple's assets and full custody of their three children.

The former baseball player wants joint custody of the children and a 60-40 split of their assets.

USED BURNER PHONES

Ben was paid only a third of his salary for the 2019 season as a result of his decision to take a break to work on their marital issues.

According to documents from the suit obtained by The Peoria Journal Star, Julianna began talking to the Community Bible Church pastor in 2018, and the relationship became sexual two years later.

She allegedly used burner phones to communicate with Yawn, which were first discovered by his now ex-wife Robin.

Ben took a leave of absence from the Cubs after Robin informed him of the affair in June 2019.

At the time, he believed it to be an emotional relationship and only learned later that it was sexual.

Yet the filing this week claims that Julianna "coaxed her husband into returning to the Chicago Cubs in the late summer and fall of 2019, during which he earned another $4 million.”

Mrs Zobrist … caused him such extreme mental distress and difficulty that resulted in an inability to finish his long and very successful career in the way that he had hoped for and planned for.

Julianna has hit back at the claims as she argued that because of the leave, Ben “essentially went from the top of his game to basically giving up, which caused a massive loss in income.”

In pretrial documents obtained by the Chicago Tribune, Julianna's attorney states: "In 2019, he[Ben] had a contract with the Chicago Cubs for ($12 million), but since he only played for 2 months, his salary was prorated and he only earned ($4.5 million) of the ($12 million) he could have earned."

Ben's attorney issued a response, branding the demand as "utterly absurd."

"Rather than accepting blame for having torn her husband's heart out by having an affair with their pastor, she expected him to be able to totally focus in an elite athletic job that required (100%) of his physical and mental energy," the response states.

"'It is Mrs Zobrist, by having the extramarital affair and confessing same to her husband, and not disclosing the true extent of her affair, that caused him such extreme mental distress and difficulty that resulted in an inability to finish his long and very successful career in the way that he had hoped for and planned for."

Julianna also alleges in the pretrial documents that she was forced to "manage [her] husband's behavior" because of his struggles with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.

She argues that she supported Ben throughout his "often-rigorous baseball schedule, many of the games lasting late at night, with all three children in tow."

ZOBRIST SUES YAWN

Ben fires back that Julianna overspent budgets by hundreds of thousands, and paid more than $188,000 of the couple's funds on clothing alone.

Zobrist has already filed a lawsuit against Yawn demanding $6million from the Nashville pastor for his losses in salary due to the affair.

It also alleges the pastor also defrauded his charity, Patriot Forward.

The suit states that Yawn, “usurped the ministerial-counselor role, violated and betrayed the confidence entrusted to him by the plaintiff, breached his fiduciary duty owed to the plaintiff and deceitfully used his access as counselor to engage in an inappropriate sexual relationship with the plaintiff’s wife.”

Ben has accused Yawn and Julianna of trying to get rid of the evidence of their affair.

In a previous court filing, Julianna admitted to buying a burner phone in June 2019 to speak to Yawn.

She “then threw the phone away in an airport in New York City.” 

The author also said in the filing that she changed service providers which allowed her to get “rid of her phone that contained the nude photos and text messages that she had sent to Yawn.”

Yawn has confirmed that he was in a relationship with Julianna.



"At the end of the day, a woman has the right to choose who she wants to be with," he has said.

"We’re in the middle of litigation, so I can’t really comment further at this point, but that’s what it boils down to."

The Zobrists' divorce trial will begin on August 6.

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