(670 The Score) The estranged wife of former Cubs player Ben Zobrist has accused him of “failing to preserve marital assets” when he took an unpaid leave of absence from the organization to be with his family in 2019 as his marriage fell apart, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday, citing court documents.
Julianna Zobrist is seeking an additional $4 million in assets in the divorce proceedings, the Tribune reported, a figure that represents half of the $8 million or so that Zobrist forfeited of his $12.5-million salary in 2019, when he left the team in May and didn’t return to action until September.
The court briefing claims that Zobrist “intentionally and voluntarily stopped working” and “essentially went from the top of his game to basically giving up, which caused a massive loss in income,” the Tribune reported. Zobrist's lawyer called the allegation "utterly absurd," according to the Tribune.
Zobrist took a leave of absence from the Cubs in May 2019 after learning that Julianna had an affair with the pastor of the couple’s church. She had grown close to the pastor after experiencing marital problems before that with Zobrist, she has explained in court briefings. Zobrist felt he was coaxed by Julianna into returning to the Cubs, the Tribune reported.
Zobrist, now 40, played for the Cubs from 2016-’19. He was the MVP of the World Series when the team snapped its long championship droughts in 2016.