MLB's Martin Tells Of Threats, Fear At Cuban Smuggling Trial

Law360, Miami (February 21, 2017, 11:06 PM EST) -- Seattle Mariners outfielder Leonys Martin testified Tuesday in Miami that fear drove him to agree to pay smugglers millions of dollars and hire agent Bartolo Hernandez, who is on trial along with an athletic trainer for allegedly conspiring to bring Cuban ballplayers into the United States illegally.

Extortion and threats of kidnapping and violence also lay behind Martin's decision to cross the U.S.-Mexico border on foot before receiving a visa, he said, in a harrowing account of the dangerous and vulnerable position many Cuban ballplayers have...
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