‘Past shocked’: Shohei Ohtani says interpreter stole from him and advised lies

‘Past shocked’: Shohei Ohtani says interpreter stole from him and advised lies

Shohei Ohtani addressed the media on Monday after allegations emerged that his former interpreter stole lots of of 1000’s of {dollars} from his checking account to pay an unlawful bookmaker.

The Los Angeles Dodgers star, essentially the most well-known energetic baseball participant on the planet and an enormous celeb in his native Japan, addressed journalists in a press convention however didn’t take any questions from the media.

Final week, Ippei Mizuhara advised ESPN that Ohtani had agreed to repay his interpreter’s playing money owed, that are mentioned to be greater than $1m. Mizuhara had positioned bets with a bookmaker in California, the place betting is against the law. Nonetheless, Ohtani’s legal professionals quickly issued a press release saying Ohtani had been a sufferer of “huge theft” orchestrated by Mizuhara. In a subsequent interview with ESPN, Mizuhara mentioned he had lied in his preliminary assertion and that Ohtani knew nothing concerning the playing debt.

Ohtani mentioned he had no thought Mizuhara was going to talk to the media final week, and he solely grew to become conscious of the interpreter’s playing drawback throughout a workforce assembly final week.

“All of this has been a whole lie,” Ohtani mentioned on Monday. “Ippei clearly mainly didn’t inform me concerning the media inquiry. So Ippei has been telling everybody round that he has been speaking with me on this account to the media and my workforce and that hasn’t been true.”

Mizuhara, who had a detailed bond with Ohtani past their working relationship, was fired and Main League Baseball later opened an investigation.

Ohtani mentioned he had by no means wager on any sports activities or knowingly despatched cash to his former interpreter to cowl playing money owed.

“[I am] past shocked, it’s arduous to verbalise how I’m feeling at this level,” he mentioned in a ready assertion by his new interpreter, Will Ireton. MLB gamers are forbidden from betting on baseball, and face a lifetime ban if discovered to have positioned a wager on their very own workforce. They’re allowed to wager on different sports activities within the practically 40 US states the place playing is authorized, however not in California.

“I by no means wager on baseball or some other sports activities or by no means have requested someone to do it on my behalf and I’ve by no means gone by a bookmaker to wager on sports activities, and was by no means requested to help betting funds for anybody else,” Ohtani mentioned.

Mizuhara had been Ohtani’s translator for the reason that star moved from Japan to play for the Los Angeles Angels in 2018. Ohtani joined the Dodgers in December on a 10-year, $700m deal. He made his Dodgers debut on Wednesday in a victory over the San Diego Padres in South Korea final week.

“Ippei has been stealing cash from my account and has advised lies,” Ohtani mentioned.

Mizuhara mentioned final week that Ohtani didn’t place any bets himself. “I need everybody to know Shohei had zero involvement in betting,” he mentioned.

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