BREAKING NEWS: Dodgers fire Shohei Ohtani's interpreter amid allegation of 'massive theft'

>The Los Angeles Dodgers interpreter for Shohei Ohtani was fired Wednesday afternoon after questions surrounding at least $4.5 million in wire transfers sent from Ohtani's bank account to a bookmaking operation set off a series of events.
>The developments this week came as federal investigators are examining the operation run by Southern California bookmaker Mathew Bowyer. The wire-transfer payments were sent from Ohtani's account to an associate of Bowyer's, according to multiple sources and bank data reviewed by ESPN. Multiple sources, including Mizuhara, told ESPN that Ohtani does not gamble, and that the funds covered Mizuhara's losses.
>In the Tuesday interview arranged by Ohtani's spokesman, Mizuhara, 39, told ESPN that he asked Ohtani last year to pay off his gambling debt, which multiple sources said had ballooned to at least $4.5 million. Mizuhara said that he previously had placed bets via DraftKings and assumed bets placed through Bowyer were legal.
>"Obviously, he [Ohtani] wasn't happy about it and said he would help me out to make sure I never do this again," Mizuhara said. "He decided to pay it off for me."
>"I want everyone to know Shohei had zero involvement in betting. I want people to know I did not know this was illegal. I learned my lesson the hard way. I will never do sports betting ever again."
>But on Wednesday afternoon, Mizuhara told ESPN that Ohtani had no knowledge of his gambling debts and that Ohtani had not transferred money to the bookmaker's associate.
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/39768770/dodgers-shohei-ohtani-interpreter-fired-theft

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Doggie doo 'em!

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This shit is fish as frick. Gonna believe the conspiracy that he took the fall for Ohtani’s crippling addiction to gambling.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      If he was hiding his own gambling, his own name wouldn't have been on the wire transfers. The question will be if he knowingly paid off the debt.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The first story is probably closer to the truth
      >After Ohtani agreed to pay the debts, Mizuhara said on Tuesday, Ohtani logged onto his own computer and sent the wire transfers under Mizuhara's supervision in installments over several months last year. They added "loan" to the description field in the transactions.
      >"We had to add a description for the wire," Mizuhara said. "I think Matt [Bowyer] might have told me to just put 'loan.' You had to put something."
      >Asked why Ohtani didn't simply give him the money instead of paying Bowyer's associate directly, Mizuhara said Ohtani didn't trust him with the money.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        why Ohtani didn't simply give him the money instead of paying Bowyer's associate directly, Mizuhara said Ohtani didn't trust him with the money.
        that's sensible, who the frick would give a gambling addict direct money

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        the only problem is look at all the big name social media and soon to be mlb and the dodgers media. they're all just reporting ippei stole the money and not even mentioning that he gave a completely different story days before.
        you can see it happening live the real story being swept aside like ippei never said it

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          ohtani literally performed the transactions himself, directly to the gambling circle's account
          even if he actually did it to pay off his buddy's debt it's illegal as frick lol

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            yeah, i think the walk back is to cover this shit because they are not realize this shit won't fly in america

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Ohtani is an idiot. He should've given the money to Ippei directly instead, but he didn't trust the guy whose debt he was buying off?

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            would you give money directly to a gambling addict?

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            If he was a close friend, sure

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            And you would go with him to make sure he use the money to pay the debts i suppose, which make sense
            but obviously not applicable for this case since ohtani is famous

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >installments
        Hmm

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          More like Ohtani owed Bowyer money but didn't know how to send him the money through wire.
          He went to his closest confidante for help, neither of them knew that they needed to launder the money to Bowyer because they're both non-lawyer morons. Ippei probably didn't even know it was a loan shark until shit hit the fan.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            money was transfer directly from ohtani account

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Ohtani doesn't know how to deal with loan sharks. They don't have them in Japan

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            yeah, they are more about whaling over there

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I thought Yakuza were loan sharks

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >Hi Teppei-san can you show me how to transfer to bill a loan? I owe debt to a friend.
            >Ohtani-kun the bank website is easy to use, I show you how, remember to explicitly state "loan" in the wire transfer comments if you're paying off a debt so there's no doubt behind the reason for the wire transfer
            >Thank you Teppei-san and please keep this secret from my wife

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            You're saying Bowyer's associate gave him his account number even though he didn't want it to be sent through the bank? Bowyer had a casino his guys could've instructed Shohei to use.

            Ohtani doesn't know how to deal with loan sharks. They don't have them in Japan

            Why did they expect either of these guys to know how to launder money? If the japs didn't know how to deal with sharks they don't know how to deal with mega famous clients.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Just look at their faces
      Ohtani doesn't have the gambler's loser face, the other guy does

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah, this shit is waaaay too fishy. Who the frick pays 4.5 millions for someone else's gambling debt that isn't your family.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        japanese hits different

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Saving face

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        The guy may have had dirt on Ohtani that he was threatening to release unless those gambling debts got paid

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          ding ding ding. probably what the wife story was about.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    is this overrated asiatic going to be punished or not?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      no. manfred only punishes those who go against him even if they've been exonerated by video evidence

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >overrated
      zero baseball knowledge. maybe try one of the sports for slower people.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    never trusted Ippei and his oversized head
    but let's be real it's probably a cover by Ohtani

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >yfw Ippei orchestrated this leak himself knowing he'd get hush money for taking the fall and can live the rest of his life with a yacht and a private island

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Pretty funny how Manfred copying the rigging and manufacturing-a-""GOAT"" model of Stern is going down the exact same path. But while Jordan had to get a ghost suspension, Ohtani had a sidekick within arms reach at all times who could take the fall for him

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    taking the fall for ohtani-sama, honorable behavior

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    He's Asian of course he has a gambling problem

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Instead of the first pitch Ippei-san will be commiting ritual seppuku on the pitchers mound before today's game, forever anointing Dodger's Stadium a sacred ground for the integrity of sports betting. >This seppuku is brought to you by DraftKings. The crown is yours.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I am shocked.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Do they even have baseball in Nam ?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        no, that guys is weeb who sucked nip's wiener, everyone here only knows about baseball in doraemon

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Shut it Kim Tèo.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Guy's been in America for 10 years and still needs a translator?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      He doesn't , Ippei was just part of his entourage .

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    dodgers can't get their story straight about it. ohtani was definitely betting on games. he's getting kicked out of the league.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Never. Ohtani is the golden goose.
      A Dodgers world series would make baseball great again. For ratings.

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    the golden boy of all people. wild

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    More like Gonetani

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The problem for Ohtani is a lot bigger than baseball. If it were just an MLB issue, I think they'd prolly try to sweep it under the rug cuz he's such a superstar. But this was an illegal gambling operation and the bookie got swept up by the feds. Obv Ohtani's story makes no sense. There's no universe where an illegal bookie lets an interpreter run up a 4.5 mil debt, but if it were Ohtani of course it'd be okay. If it were Ohtani betting, that's a federal crime, a felony too. Investigation being handled by feds and he could very well get indicted. This is a massive shitstorm for the Dodgers and the MLB. Does Ohtani end up back in Korea to play there?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Best of all he chose to sign with a team based in a state that hard outlawed gambling. Can't even plead ignorance.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Korea
      he is a nip

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >gorillion dollar contract
      >gamble to try to double it
      Chad energy right there. Ohtani wasn't gonna be satified until he was the richest man in the world.

  16. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Who are these chinks?

  17. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If this brings dishonor to his family does he have to kill himself with a sword on the pitchers mound? Mxggmw

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      he has to fist himself with a baseball bat

  18. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Ippei brought shame to his lord's name and is commiting seppuku to clear his name.

  19. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why do you gamble?

  20. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    he's got the same vices as any other dirty old salaryman. i bet the weird stuff about the wife is because he was getting weird at some brothels.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >bet the weird stuff about the wife is because he was getting weird at some brothels
      You talking about Ippei or Ohtani?

  21. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No wonder Dodgers paid him the largest contract on the planet
    They knew he was moronic enough to lose it all

  22. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >New York Post headline tomorrow: "Say it ain't Sho"

  23. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    shamfur dispray

  24. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Sports betting is illegal? Then how is the NBA and UFC promoting it?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      in some states it still is, including California

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It's legal in Vegas and NYC. California is on a "no-fun" streak right now, like banning flavored cigarettes one day. Odd for all the pedowood shenanigans that go on.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >California is on a "no-fun" streak right now
        The Democrats are gonna have a rude awakening come Nov.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          No, this shithole state is filled with Mexicans and they are some of the most conservative, racist, sexist, homophobic people who will just never stop voting democrat. I just don't understand it.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I doubt that many Mexicans do vote red that's how Trump won in Cali for GOP Primary. The rest of them are and do need to go back due to border mess. Also California has massive problem with voter fraud that's plaguing the state.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            i left california because it's such a mess, for nyc and even with all the problems here it's amazing in comparison. i have no idea what happened to california, it's tragic

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >i have no idea what happened to california, it's tragic
            Reagonomics and Gavin Gruesome moronic policies.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >i left california because it's such a mess
            Liberals and commies.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Gee maybe if republicans weren’t so virulently anti-Mexican we’d actually vote for them for once

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >Gee maybe if republicans weren’t so virulently anti-Mexican
            Press X to Doubt

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      There are still plenty of bookies around doing shit under the table so you can bet when you're not supposed to bet. Like covering up the fact you're betting on sports when you're not supposed to be doing that.
      After all going through a legal sports betting system would have your name attached to the bets which can get you in trouble.
      But Jimmy The Bookie? Oh he won't report your name to anyone...

  25. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    why cant he speak english ?

  26. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Riiiight
    He's such a good guy he just casually pays 5 million for somebody

  27. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >lives in the US for over six years
    >still needs an interpreter
    wtf is this shit, learn the language already, baka

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Almost nobody in LA speaks it

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      do Japanese players do this shit in soccer too? for some reason they always have interpreters forever in baseball, afraid of saying something moronic about their gambling additions or infidelity I guess

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        can't remember one right now

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The chad no interpreter kawasaki vs the virgin afraid to speak English ohtani

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        kawasaki was the best, i have his jersey

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I miss Munie so much. My wife has his jersey. Golden Age of Blue Jays entertainment

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      he can speak Spanish which is all you need for Southern California

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Japanese people are like us in some ways.

      >Zero interest in learning other languages
      >Do not care for what happens outside of Japan

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        If they don't start having more babies all Japan will be reduced to an anime meme.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        And you both uncynically love super cheesy inspirational stories

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Japs are absurd sperging morons. Chinese and Koreans are a trillion times more sane

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Japanese baseball players and russian hockey players can be here 20 years and never learn anything but a few sentences its impressive.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        jap players make their endorsement money from the japanese market

  28. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    if you're some major star why even pay this illegal bookmaker, what's he going to do, go to the cops?

  29. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I 100% believe the interpreter's story, but I highly doubt Ohtani didn't know about the payments.

    It was probably Ohtani's israelite lawyers who told him to deny all knowledge of the payments and claim it was stolen from him.

    Kind of how it goes I guess.

  30. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >get paid handsomely to just speak your own language and be friends with billionaire gigachad athlete
    >frick it all up
    Come on, man.

  31. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    they should make players bet on all the games each week with a part of their salary. it would be fun and solve the problem.

  32. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Damn Shoji Tabuchi fell off huh

  33. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The serious question is will there be any seppuku?

  34. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Lol he's so blatantly lying
    Is gambling a direct ban in MLB? Because your boy's a gambler

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      if it's on baseball it's lifetime. if not the problem is that it's illegal in California, I think players can be suspended up to 1 year for betting through an illegal bookie.

  35. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I think this ends up with Ohtani getting deported and triumphantly returning to the Japanese league. Japan does ngaf that he's a degenerate gambler.

  36. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have a delusion that Davido, the interpreter and lawyer, will support Otani

  37. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What's with nips and gambling?

  38. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >orioles replay blacked out on mlb network
    >masn playing a poker tourney

    why the FRICK is a ST replay blacked out

  39. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    watching old npb clips and i noticed their broadcasters are so polite, they say "hi" to anyone and everyone who walks by their booth.

  40. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >such a degenerate he went 4 mil in the hole
    >will never do sports betting ever again

  41. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you are an investigator, the only evidence is that ohtani was the one betting. They haven't shown any evidence to suggest that Mizuhara had committed theft. But there are a ton of dick riders for ohtani regardless

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      MLB is absolutely desperate to clear Ohtani. They're going to sweep all this under rug by May.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >MLB is absolutely desperate to clear Ohtani
        Doubt, Manfred is in deep shit with the owners. If he doesn't throw his weight on Ohtani then everyone including former players will callout Manfred out and Pete Rose will sue the MLB.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          The VAST majority of owners want Manfred to project Ohtani. They’re all a single entity that share their profits. Ohtani is good for their pocket

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Protect?

  42. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >nothing happens
    >dodgers win world series
    heh, nothing personel kid

  43. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Fug. What chance this criminal investigation blow ups?

  44. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >sorry sorry I didnt know stealing money from my employer to pay off my gambling debt was illegal, Im so sorry!!
    are you for fricking real

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