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MLB Agent on Shohei Ohtani Gambling Probe, Rumors: ‘It’s Embarrassing … It’s Ugly’

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIMarch 24, 2024

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It’s been an awful couple of weeks in Major League Baseball, with the company’s examination into the supposed theft of Shohei Ohtani by his ex-interpreter Ippei Mizuhara taking centerstage.

Concerning MLB’s existing occasions, one “popular gamer representative” informed U.S.A. Today’s Bob Nightengale the following as Opening Day approaches Thursday:

“It’s awkward what’s occurring today. This is expected to be a good time, preparing yourself for the season, and we’re going through this. It’s unsightly.”

Ohtani, who simply won his 2nd American League MVP award, fired his interpreter Wednesday after concerns emerged concerning a minimum of $4.5 million in wire transfers that were sent out the super star’s checking account to a bookmaking operation run by Mathew Bowyer of Southern California. That operation is under federal examination, per ESPN’s Tisha Thompson.

The story from Ohtani’s camp has actually altered, as Thompson kept in mind.

“Initially, a representative for Ohtani informed ESPN the slugger had actually moved the funds to cover Mizuhara’s betting financial obligation. The representative provided Mizuhara to ESPN for a 90-minute interview Tuesday night, throughout which Mizuhara set out his account in fantastic information. As ESPN prepared to release the story Wednesday, the representative disavowed Mizuhara’s account and stated Ohtani’s attorneys would release a declaration.”

That declaration checked out as follows, from Berk Brettler LLP: “In the course of reacting to current media questions, we found that Shohei has actually been the victim of a huge theft, and we are turning the matter over to the authorities.”

The sport’s most significant super star signed up with the Los Angeles Dodgers this offseason on a beast 10-year, $700 million agreement, making the group immediate World Series favorites. Talk now surrounds this examination and what precisely took place behind the scenes.

In the middle of all this, there’s mayhem within the Major League Baseball Players’ Association as gamers tried to change the company’s No. 2 in Bruce Meyer (MLBPA deputy executive director and lead labor arbitrator), with Harry Marino, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Passan kept in mind that there was a “considerable bulk of the lots of gamers in presence raised their hands in favor of modification.” Clark made clear that a replacement would be his choice (Clark significantly carefully picked Meyer for the function).

Mayhem rules right now in MLB, however the season will march on with Opening Day showing up Thursday. The project currently started on March 20 when the Dodgers and San Diego Padres started a two-game set in Seoul, South Korea (the groups divided a set).

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