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Dodgers Star Shohei Ohtani Clears Up Allegations of Illegal Sports Betting in Press Conference

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 25, 2024
Ohtani denies betting on sports, ‘shocked’ that interpreter stole money


LOS ANGELES – Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani held a press conference on Monday to deny allegations that he had bet on sports. The controversy arose after his former interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, was fired by the Dodgers due to media inquiries regarding wire transfers totaling at least $4.5 million from Ohtani’s bank account to a bookmaking operation under federal investigation.

Seated beside Will Ireton, the team’s manager of performance operations who was acting as interpreter, Ohtani expressed his shock and sadness at the betrayal. He stated that Mizuhara had been stealing money and spreading falsehoods about him. Ohtani referred to a document during his nearly 12-minute speech and did not take any questions from the media.

The penalties for players involved in illegal sports betting activities are at the discretion of MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, but there have been no recent instances of disciplinary action taken against players accused of such behavior. Despite ongoing investigations by MLB and federal prosecutors, Ohtani is expected to continue playing.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts supported Ohtani’s decision to address the situation publicly, stating that it was the right thing to do. Roberts hoped that Ohtani’s public statement would bring further clarity to the situation. Ohtani, a two-time MVP, left the Los Angeles Angels in December to sign a historic $700 million, 10-year contract with the Dodgers.

In his closing remarks, Ohtani reiterated his innocence, stating that he had never bet on sports or been involved in any illegal betting activities. He emphasized that he had not authorized anyone to place bets on his behalf and had never used a bookmaker for sports betting purposes.

It remains unclear what led to Mizuhara’s termination by the Dodgers or whether he has any involvement in ongoing investigations related to illegal gambling activities involving Ohtani or other players.

By Samantha Nguyen

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