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Dodgers’ Ohtani Speaks Out on Allegations Against Interpreter, Calls Betting ‘Distraction to Team Performance’

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 25, 2024
Dodgers manager says Shohei Ohtani gambling scandal not a distraction

Shohei Ohtani, the two-way star of the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be speaking with the media for the first time since allegations were made against his longtime interpreter Ippei Mizuhara. Major League Baseball has opened an investigation into these allegations that Mizuhara had placed illegal bets on non-baseball sports. The situation with Mizuhara came to light because betting remains illegal in California, where the Dodgers are based.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts believes that it will be beneficial for Ohtani to address the media about this situation. He does not think that the Ohtani-Mizuhara story has been a distraction to the rest of the team. The Dodgers recently played a two-game series in Seoul, South Korea against the San Diego Padres, going 1-1 in those games. They will now play three games against the Los Angeles Angels before returning to their regular season schedule.

During the Seoul Series, Ohtani performed well, going 3 for 10 with two runs batted in. As he prepares to speak with the media, Ohtani remains focused on his on-field performance and addressing these allegations surrounding his interpreter.

In Major League Baseball’s policy, personnel are allowed to gamble on non-baseball sports as long as it is legal in that jurisdiction. Sports betting is still illegal in California, which is why this situation came to light. It is alleged that Mizuhara had placed his bets with an accused bookmaker who is at the center of a federal investigation.

The bookmaker has denied ever talking to or meeting Ohtani and Mizuhara’s story about Ohtani’s involvement has changed multiple times. The Dodgers have fired Mizuhara due to these allegations.

Ohtani’s performance during the Seoul Series was impressive as he went 3 for 10 with two runs batted in.

As he prepares to speak with the media about this situation, Ohtani remains focused on his on-field performance and addressing these allegations surrounding his interpreter.

By Samantha Nguyen

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