Los Angeles Times Speaks to Keri Axel, Compares Client Yasiel Puig to Shohei Ohtani.

Keri Axel was featured in a March 28th Los Angeles Times article comparing her client Yasiel Puig to Shohei Ohtani.

The Puig case shows how witnesses in federal investigations can inadvertently become targets themselves and how foreign athletes — accustomed to other people talking, handling finances and negotiating unfamiliar cultural situations for them — can face additional pitfalls within the U.S. legal system.

Axel said Puig — who had left MLB and was playing in South Korea when prosecutors first approached him and is now playing in Mexico — backed out of the plea deal because he could not plead guilty to a crime he did not commit.

She told the Los Angeles Times the case is flawed in part because it hinges on the “mistaken or untrue” claims of other targets of their investigation.

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