MLB Launches Investigation into Gambling and Theft Allegations Involving Shohei Ohtani and Interpreter

MLB Launches Investigation into Gambling and Theft Allegations Involving Shohei Ohtani and Interpreter

Major League Baseball (MLB) has initiated an investigation into allegations of gambling and theft involving Shohei Ohtani, the renowned two-way superstar, and his former interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara. The investigation comes in the wake of reports that Ohtani’s lawyers accused Mizuhara of engaging in a “massive theft” after it was revealed that approximately $4.5 million had been transferred from Ohtani’s bank account to a bookmaking operation under federal investigation in Southern California.

MLB confirmed the launch of its investigation, stating that it had been gathering information since learning about the allegations through the media. The league’s Department of Investigations (DOI) has now commenced its formal process to delve into the matter.

Ohtani, who recently signed a $700 million free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, arrived in Los Angeles with his wife, Mamiko Tanaka, amidst the ongoing controversy. This development follows his participation in two games with the Dodgers in Seoul, South Korea, earlier this week.

ESPN, which extensively reported on the issue, released a timeline of its investigation, including a transcript of a phone conversation between one of its investigative reporters and Mizuhara. During the conversation, Mizuhara provided evasive and cagey responses, admitting to previously lying but now asserting that Ohtani had no knowledge of his gambling problems, substantial debts, or attempts to repay them.

Mizuhara acknowledged his responsibility for the situation, expressing readiness to face the consequences. However, he refrained from commenting on whether he had been accused of theft or embezzlement. When asked about Ohtani’s awareness of the situation, Mizuhara claimed he was unable to provide any answers due to instructions he had received. He denied being represented by Ohtani’s representatives or receiving any form of payment for his statements. Mizuhara also denied ever betting on baseball but admitted to lying to Ohtani.

ESPN attempted to contact Mizuhara via text message to inquire about whether he had taken money from Ohtani’s accounts without his knowledge, but he did not respond. The Dodgers terminated Mizuhara’s employment after the first game of the season.

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1 Response

  1. I’m curious to know more about the specific allegations of gambling and theft involving Shohei Ohtani and his former interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara. Can the author provide more details about what exactly is being investigated and how it may impact Ohtani’s career in Major League Baseball?

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