Yasiel Puig’s attorneys explore defense, delay guilty plea

Attorneys for former Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, who was expected to plead guilty Wednesday to lying to federal authorities investigating an illegal sports-gambling ring, now say they are exploring a possible defense.

Puig was joined by his attorneys, Keri Axel and Jose Nuno, and his agent, Lisette Carnet, Wednesday at the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. A judge agreed to continue the hearing until Tuesday.

“We need more time to assess a possible innocence defense,” Axel told The Times after the hearing.

Puig, 31, had previously signed an agreement to plead guilty to one count of making false statements, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison, the U.S. attorney’s office for the Central District of California said. He also agreed…

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