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Dodgers’ Star Ohtani Speaks Out on Mizuhara Investigation, Vows to Clear Name Amidst Betting Allegations

Dodgers manager says Shohei Ohtani gambling scandal has not been a distraction

Dodgers’ Star Ohtani Speaks Out on Mizuhara Investigation, Vows to Clear Name Amidst Betting Allegations

Shohei Ohtani, the star player for the Los Angeles Dodgers, will address the media on Monday about the ongoing investigation into his former interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara. The Dodgers fired Mizuhara earlier this month over allegations that he placed illegal bets on non-baseball sports. Ohtani is expected to speak before the Dodgers take on the Angels in a spring training game in the evening.

Major League Baseball allows personnel to gamble on non-baseball sports as long as it is legal in the respective jurisdiction. However, sports betting is still illegal in California, which led to the accusations against Mizuhara. The accused bookmaker, Matthew Bowyer, has denied having any contact with Ohtani, but Mizuhara initially stated that Ohtani paid off his debts willingly. Later on, Mizuhara retracted his statement and claimed that Ohtani was unaware of the situation. Ohtani’s legal team argues that he was a victim of theft.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts believes it would be beneficial for Ohtani to speak out about the situation because it has not been a distraction to the team so far. The Dodgers recently played two games in South Korea and are concluding their exhibition schedule with three games against the Los Angeles Angels before resuming regular season play at the end of the month. During these games, Ohtani performed decently, going 3 for 10 with two RBIs.

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