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Julianna Zobrist and Byron Yawn's affair: How Ben Zobrist knew about wife and pastor's relationship

The documents revealed Yawn and Julianna started talking in 2018 through burner phones and the sexual relationship between the two began a year later
UPDATED JUN 22, 2021
Ben Zobrist with wife Julianna and pastor Byron Yawn (Instagram @benzobrist18/YouTube@100huntley)
Ben Zobrist with wife Julianna and pastor Byron Yawn (Instagram @benzobrist18/YouTube@100huntley)

Former Major League Baseball (MLB) star Ben Zobrist has accused his singer wife Julianna of having an affair with a pastor identified as Byron Yawn and now the ex-Chicago Cubs player is seeking $6 million in damages. Zobrist, who retired from a 14-season MLB career in March 2020, had filed a lawsuit in May 2021 through a Tennessee circuit court. He got married in 2005 and have three children with Julianna and the duo met Yawn more than 16 years ago.

The documents obtained by the Peoria Journal Star revealed that Byron Yawn was also accused of committing fraud via Zobrist’s charity where he was employed. The documents further revealed that Zobrist had taken a four-month break from the Cubs in 2019 to address his marital problems. Yawn had given the couple a few marriage counseling sessions in 2019 whereas, had also counseled Zobrist in 2016 for his issues concerned with anxiety and depression. Zobrist, 40, is a two-time World Series winner, and apart from playing for the Cubs, he has earlier played for Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays, Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals. Speaking of affairs, public figures like Saweetie, Derrick Jaxn, Chris Larengeira, and Tristan Thompson recently made headlines for the same.

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Who is pastor Byron Yawn?

Byron Yawn is a former pastor who is now the CEO of Forrest Crain & Co, a Nashville-area business consulting firm. He earlier worked as a former lead consultant at Empower Healthcare and also served as a CEO at McGowan & Associates. As a pastor, the Mississippi College graduate worked with Community Bible Church in Nashville. Byron Yawn is married to his wife Robin Yawn and the couple together has three children named Lauren, Wade, and Blake. The duo had joined the Community Bible Church in 2001.

The lawsuit revealed that Yawn and Julianna began talking in 2018 through burner phones and the sexual relationship between the two began a year later. Zobrist, who had taken a break from the Cubs, lost $8 million in income and therefore, he is now seeking damages for the same from the pastor.

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How did Ben Zobrist find about alleged affair?

According to the documents, the affair between Yawn and Julianna came into limelight after the former’s wife discovered the pre-paid phones they had been using in May 2019. She then informed Zobrist that she believed Yawn had an emotional relationship with Julianna. However, things went south when Zobrist finally found out about the alleged affair in June 2020 after filing the lawsuit which revealed that the two had a sexual relationship, as reported by Daily Mail.

Zobrist had also exchanged a text with Yawn during his earlier marriage counseling sessions where the former had written, “She used the words emotional, verbal and spiritual abuse. I was shocked. Can't be 2,000 miles away from her and kids while she's thinking that about me. I have owned every bit of my sin, but I will not own the abuse angle” to which Yawn had then reverted, “I'm sure it's like getting knocked off your feet and into your head. But I can't imagine what it feels like in this moment. Your (sic) a husband and a father first. That's who you are.” Yawn is no longer associated with the church.