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Shohei Ohtani denies ever participating in sports gambling

Byeditor

Mar 26, 2024

The Los Angeles Dodgers superstar, Shohei Ohtani, recently made headlines when his longtime Japanese interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, was fired after Ohtani’s lawyers accused him of “massive theft” of millions of dollars and placing bets with a bookmaker under federal investigation, as reported by ESPN and the Los Angeles Times. The scandal surrounding Mizuhara has threatened to overshadow the start of MLB’s Opening Day and has brought renewed scrutiny to professional sports’ relationship with gambling.

According to an attorney for Mathew Bowyer, the former bookmaker under federal investigation, there was no direct contact between Ohtani and Bowyer. However, Bowyer did conduct business with Mizuhara. The attorney emphasized that Bowyer never interacted with Ohtani and that Ohtani’s interpreter did not place bets on baseball.

Both the MLB and the Internal Revenue Service are conducting separate investigations into Mizuhara. The allegations against Mizuhara have raised questions about the relationship between professional sports, gambling, and the role of interpreters in the industry. The controversy surrounding the theft allegations will be closely watched as it develops further.

By editor

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