Ben Zobrist's wife Julianna slammed by fans over affair with pastor: 'She’s a hot mess'
A lawsuit alleges that pastor Byron Yawn, 'while acting in his capacity as pastoral counselor to' the Zobrists, engaged in an 'inappropriate sexual relationship' with Julianna
Ever since news came out that American baseball player Ben Zobrist has filed a $6 million lawsuit against pastor Byron Yawn for his alleged affair with his wife Julianna Zobrist, fans have been bad mouthing Julianna on his social media posts. The Chicago Cubs star who retired from a 14-season Major League Baseball career in March 2020 has not been active on Instagram since February 2019.
The lawsuit filed in May 2021 through a Tennessee circuit court alleges that Yawn, “while acting in his capacity as pastoral counselor to” the Zobrists, “usurped this ministerial-counselor role, violated and betrayed the confidence entrusted to him by” Ben and “deceitfully used his access as counselor to engage in an inappropriate sexual relationship” with Julianna.
In May 2019, Ben filed for divorce after 14 years of marriage. Court documents filed just outside Nashville, Tennessee alleged that his wife, Julianna, “has been guilty of inappropriate marital conduct, which rendered further cohabitation impossible.” Subsequently, Julianna filed separately for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
During the period when their marriage began to deteriorate, Ben was discussing his marital troubles with Yawn, who encouraged him to give his wife some space. According to text messages between the two, Julianna had been speaking to divorce lawyers. “She used the words emotional, verbal and spiritual abuse. I was shocked,” Ben texted Yawn. “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.”
“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, the CEO of Forrest Crain & Co, a Nashville-area business-consulting firm. Yawn is a former pastor and an elder at Community Bible Church in Nashville.
Fans of Ben, in the aftermath of these revelations, have pounced on Julianna. In a September 2018 Instagram post, Ben, celebrating the release of Julianna’s book, wrote a long caption expressing his love for her. “I’m in love with this woman,” he wrote. “When we first started dating I knew she was going to do something special in this world for a lot of people. She has a voice that everyone knew was incredible, but this book proves the heart behind it is even more beautiful.”
“Julianna, I learn so much just by watching how you live this life every day,” the athlete said. “You are the color in my world. You are my unicorn in the sky riding on rainbows forever!” But this love-filled post’s comments are full of fans now telling him he deserved better in life.
“Bro move on from her. Keep the love for your kids and yourself going. All the dudes got your back. She belongs to the streets. She disrespected your kids by doing what she did. You can find someone way better,” said one fan. Another wrote, “She doesn’t have one picture of you on her gram. She used you for your fame and success to build her own. She’s a self centered POS who only cares about herself. I feel for you bro, hit em where it hurts.”
One person wrote in the comments, “She’s a hot mess Ben, spreading herself on Instagram like butter over toast. Let that go as hard as it might be. This too shall pass.” Another well-wishing fan said, “Oh Ben you deserve(d) so much better. She has done such a 180. Definitely not the woman she once was. Though she will always be the mother of your kids, she is not the one for you-you deserve the world!”