Dodgers manager says Shohei Ohtani gambling scandal not a distraction

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ two-way star, Shohei Ohtani, is set to address the media on Monday for the first time since allegations were made against his longtime interpreter Ippei Mizuhara. Major League Baseball has opened an investigation into claims that Mizuhara placed illegal bets on non-baseball sports. The situation came to light because sports betting remains illegal in California, where the Dodgers are based.

Mizuhara has since been fired by the Dodgers and is alleged to have placed his bets with an accused bookmaker at the center of a federal investigation. The bookmaker has denied ever talking to or meeting Ohtani, and Mizuhara’s story about Ohtani’s involvement has changed multiple times.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts believes it will be beneficial for Ohtani to speak publicly about the situation. He does not believe it has been a distraction for the rest of the team, who recently played a two-game series in Seoul against the San Diego Padres, going 1-1 in those games. They will now face the Los Angeles Angels in three games before returning to their regular season schedule.

As he prepares to address the media, Ohtani remains focused on his performance and addressing the allegations surrounding his interpreter.

By Riley Johnson

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