In September 2018, Byron allegedly emailed a proposed budget that included a $36,000 annual salary for himself. He was terminated as Executive Director in March 2019, when he was being paid $3,500 a month. He then “fraudulently” continued to receive his salary until May 2019, cashing checks “with full knowledge that his position had been terminated,” per the suit.
Also in May 2019, Byron’s wife Robin Yawn allegedly found his burner phone and told Ben that she suspected Byron and Julianna were having “an emotional relationship, but nothing physical.”
Known in his sport as “Zorilla,” Ben thus forfeited four months of the 2019 baseball season to “focus entirely on repairing his marital relationship,” which his lawyers state cost him $8 million in income.
The baseball player says he only learned about his wife’s sexual relationship in June 2020 during their divorce proceedings, when she allegedly admitted to the infidelity.
Ben filed for divorce from Julianna in Williamson County, Tenn., in 2019, according to the court docket obtained by E! News. It’s listed as “open” and appears to be ongoing. The estranged spouses share three children: Zion, 12, Kruse, 9, and Blaise, 5.
Byron’s wife, Robin, filed for divorce in Nashville in June 2020, and he then filed in July 2020, according to Nashville court dockets. It’s listed as “disposed” and appears to be finalized.
E! News has reached out to lawyers for Ben and Julianna for comment, as well as Ben’s charity and Forrest Crain & Co, and has not heard back.