Christian MLB Star Ben Zobrist Claims Wife Had an Affair With Their Pastor and Marriage Counselor
Assuming this guy is telling the truth, this one, lone headline manages to summarize about three or four the usual ten or so topics I regularly blog about!
Where do I even start with this one?
Okay. Many Christians – the ones who are obsessed with promoting marriage, parenthood, and The Nuclear Family – often like to claim that marriage (or being a parent) makes a person more godly, mature, loving, responsible, or ethical.
Clearly, this is false, because I have a shit load of news stories on this blog of married people (and parents) who are law breakers, selfish, or perverts.
Let’s see, what other garbage do pro-family values Christians and secular conservatives frequently teach that this story shows to be false that I’ve been covering here for literally years now?
Let’s see, oh yes:
Marriage supposedly makes Christian adults impervious to sexual sin… if Christians just get married, they will have great, regular, hot sex (with their spouse) and never have an affair on their spouse, or molest children, or use porn. All of that is false.
Other falsehoods: single (unmarried) adult women are sexual harlots and temptresses, so married men should stay away from them per the “Billy Graham Rule” (or “Mike Pence Rule”).
Well, the woman in this story is MARRIED. She is not widowed, divorced, or never-married (single), but a married chick who allegedly screwed around on her husband.
The male headship rule – Christian complementarians, and some secular sexist men in our nation – like to assume that men are specially or uniquely qualified to lead women, to lead on the job, to lead in politics.
But yet gain, we see via this news story that men commit sexual sin, some men lack self control and mores, and there is nothing special about maleness that causes men to be more virtuous or better than women.
Complementarians teach that only men “need” or “want” sex, but obviously, unless the married lady in this story was having affairs to meet emotional needs, she clearly enjoys boning men.
Women do enjoy sex, too, not just men, but this flies in the face of the sexist assumptions of many people in American culture both inside and out of the church.
And there’s just something ironic about the fact that allegedly, one of the men she had an affair with was a marriage counselor!
This is like the news story about the (Link): marriage counselor who murdered the woman he was going to marry, because she asked him to sign a pre-nup agreement.
There is nothing about marriage that makes people more worthy, ethical, happier, more godly or whatever else, than people who are single, widowed, or divorced.
Retired baseball player Ben Zobrist – the 2016 World Series MVP who led the Chicago Cubs to the franchise’s first championship in 108 years – is accusing pastor Byron Yawn of having an extramarital affair with his wife Julianna and of defrauding his charity.
In a lawsuit filed in Tennessee on May 6, Zobrist, 40, claims Yawn “usurped the ministerial-counselor role, violated and betrayed the confidence entrusted to him by [Zobrist], breached his fiduciary duty owed to [Zobrist] and deceitfully used his access as counselor to engage in an inappropriate sexual relationship with [Zobrist]’s wife,” according to NBC News, the Peoria Journal Star, and the Chicago Tribune, which obtained the lawsuit documents.
By Jeannie Ortega Law
June 22, 2021
A recent court filing on behalf of outspoken Christian and former MLB player Ben Zobrist alleges that his wife, pop singer Julianna Zobrist, had an affair with the couple’s former Tennessee pastor, who also served as their marriage counselor.
Zobrist, who played in the MLB from 2006 to 2019, is now suing the former minister for damages, claiming he defrauded his charitable foundation.
The Zobrists separately filed for divorce in 2019. The 2016 World Series MVP’s court filing alleged that his wife of 14 years was guilty of “inappropriate marital conduct.”
The new lawsuit discovered by the Journal Star revealed that former Tennessee pastor Bryon Yawn had an affair with Julianna Zobrist while Yawn was their pastor at Community Bible Church in Nashville.
The suit claimed that Yawn and Julianna Zobrist began talking over the phone every day in 2018, which later developed into a sexual relationship in the spring of 2019.
Zobrist reportedly seeks $6 million in damages from Yawn, who served as the couple’s pre-and-post-marital counselor. He additionally provided counsel for the former Chicago Cubs player regarding anxiety and depression.
….She alerted the former MLB player of what she believed only to be an emotional affair between his wife and her husband. However, the divorce proceedings in June 2020 exposed that Julianna and Yawn had a sexual relationship that began in 2019.
While his marriage was falling apart, Zobrist took a leave of absence from baseball and later retired at the conclusion of the 2019 season. During that time, the 40-year-old player confided in Yawn and sought marital counsel from him.
The lawsuit alleges that Yawn took advantage of “personal and private information” that Zobrist shared with him about “fissures” in the marriage while acting in a “pastoral role.”
“As an example, the Defendant became aware of small fissures in the marital relationship between Ben and Julianna Zobrist. The Defendant exploited this private information and in 2019 even deceptively encouraged Mr. Zobrist to ‘give his wife some space,'” the lawsuit alleges. “All the while, the Defendant was using the confidential information shared with him by the Plaintiff to his own self-seeking advantage and in derogation of the Plaintiff’s personal, emotional or spiritual wellbeing.”
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Yep. Al Mohler and other marriage-obsessed asshats like Mohler can kindly stop running around in their podcasts, books, interviews, and blogs bad-mouthing single adults, saying singleness is bad and horrible, but that marriage is great, marriage “fixes” society, and married people are just so much morally superior to single adults because marriage makes married people better. Jackass.
(Link): Ex-Church Usher Found Guilty of Hiring Hitman to Kill His Wife So He Can Pursue Kinky Sexual Lifestyle With His Mistress (the guy in this story is married AND is a parent)
(Link): Youth Pastor Who Allegedly Sexually Abused Teen Girl From His Church Within Days Taught True Love Sexual Purity Class and Later Wrote a Book About Marriage and His Church Gave Him A Standing Ovation For Being a Sexual Abuser