Dodgers’ Shohei Ohtani Addresses Betting Scandal Allegations at News Conference

Ohtani remains steadfast in his refusal to bet on sports, accuses interpreter of theft.

Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani addressed allegations of wrongdoing by his former interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, at a news conference held at Dodger Stadium on Monday. Ohtani stated that he never bet on sports and accused Mizuhara of stealing money from him and telling lies. Mizuhara was fired by the Dodgers last week after reports of his ties to an illegal bookmaker and debts of over $1 million surfaced.

Ohtani spoke for nearly 12 minutes, accompanied by Will Ireton, the team’s manager of performance operations. He expressed his shock and sadness at the betrayal by someone he trusted. Ohtani emphasized that he never participated in sports betting or asked anyone to place bets on his behalf. He also denied going through a bookmaker to bet on sports or assisting anyone else in betting.

An MLB source revealed that MLB investigators have been in contact with federal prosecutors regarding the case. They are conducting their own investigation and are free to proceed without restrictions. MLB does not expect to receive any information about the case until the investigation is complete. Ohtani, a two-time MVP, left the Los Angeles Angels in December to sign a record $700 million, 10-year contract with the Dodgers.

In conclusion, Ohtani reiterated his innocence and stated that he did not engage in any illegal activities related to sports betting. He expressed his disappointment in Mizuhara’s actions and emphasized his commitment to integrity and honesty in his career. The situation remains under investigation, and further details may emerge as the case develops.

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