Shohei Ohtani Illegal Gambling Controversy: Dodgers Star Denies Allegations – Expert Analysis and Updates | 2024 News

2024-03-27 23:19:28

Money Today Reporter Chae Tae-byeong | 2024.03.28 08:19

Shohei Ohtani of the Dodgers appears in the game between the LA Dodgers and the San Diego Padres in the official opening game of the Major League Baseball (MLB) held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the afternoon of the 20th. /2024.03.20. /News 1
Shohei Ohtani (30) of the Los Angeles Dodgers of the American Major League Baseball (MLB) completely denied the rumors of his involvement in the ‘illegal gambling controversy involving interpreters’. However, an American sports business expert continues to raise suspicions, saying, “Did Ohtani really not know?”

American sports business expert Joe Pompliano posted a post on his personal SNS (social network service) on the 26th (local time). He said, “Although Otani denied the allegations against him through a press conference, questions still remain.”

“There are two questions,” Pompliano said. “First, there was no explanation as to how the interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, was able to access Otani’s account.”

He continued, “We will also have to explain how Otani did not know that a large amount of money was being withdrawn over several months.” At the same time, he added, “It is difficult to believe anything until I hear Ohtani’s clear explanation of these two suspicions.”

Shohei Ohtani (right), a baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers of the U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB), and his interpreter Ippei Mizuhara. Ippei Mizuhara is accused of illegal gambling and embezzlement. /2024.03.21. /Newsis
American media outlets also argued that Ohtani should more actively explain the related allegations. Yahoo Sports said it was a difficult situation to understand, saying, “How could no one know that $4.5 million was disappearing from an MLB player’s account?”

Forbes also pointed out, “In order to transfer a large amount of money from Otani’s account, it would have been possible to steal or forge his personal information documents,” and added, “It is virtually impossible for an interpreter to secretly withdraw a large amount of money from Otani’s account over several months.”

Previously, Otani held an emergency press conference at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, USA, and announced his official position regarding the illegal gambling scandal of interpreter Ippei Mizuhara. Camera filming and questions from reporters were prohibited.

At a press conference, Otani said, “I am very shocked and saddened because he was a person I trusted,” and added, “I have never made (illegal gambling) bets or asked Mizuhara to do anything related.” At the same time, he added, “I have never asked anyone to send money from my account.”

Otani said, “Mizuhara stole money from my account and lied,” and added, “The season is about to start in earnest, so I’ll leave it to the lawyers from now on.” At the same time, he said, “I will actively cooperate with the police investigation,” and ended his remarks by saying, “This is the best.”

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