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

Los Angeles, CA — Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani held a press conference on Monday to address allegations that he had bet on sports. Ohtani denied the accusations and explained that his former interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, had stolen money from him and lied about it.

Sitting 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 presented a document during his nearly 12-minute speech but did not take any questions from the media.

Despite ongoing investigations by MLB and federal prosecutors, Ohtani is expected to continue playing. The penalties for players involved in illegal sports betting activities are at the discretion of the commissioner. The last known case related to this issue was in 2015 when a player was fined, and Ohtani emphasized that he had never engaged in illegal betting.

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.

Ohtani’s performance has been outstanding since joining the Dodgers last year. He has hit .353 with 18 home runs and 46 RBIs in just over 30 games played so far this season.

MLB officials have declined to comment on ongoing investigations into alleged gambling activities involving players.

By Samantha Jones

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