Ohtani, The Dodgers Golden Boy!

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  1. Joy Martin

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    Anyone following the cheating money scandal with Ohtani and the Interperpetor???? I'll post more, others may want to. Lots of Funny Money and Cheating going on, it goes ON in all Big Money Businesses, the Govt is the biggest Cheat...
     
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    Here's what I just read:

    -Shohei Ohtani is a 29 year old Japanese national who is playing baseball for the Dodgers
    -Ohtani uses an interpreter
    -The interpreter stole money from Ohtani ($4.5 mill) to cover the interpreter's gambling debts
    -Ohtani was not involved in any gambling
    -The interpreter bet on international soccer matches and other sports, but not baseball

    I wonder if the interpreter will go Old School and suicide over the shame.
     
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    At this point, it’s one of those “how’d he do it” kind of scenarios.
    The media isn’t getting any first hand information but rather through attorneys and representatives so it’s unclear as to how Mizuhara’s debts were paid off.

    Did Ohtani advance the money to the interpreter or did Mizuhara steal the money and if stolen, how did he do it?
    One attorney said that the debts went back as far as ‘21 and Ohtani knew of them and helped pay them off whilst another rep said that Ohtani knew nothing of them and Mizuhara stole the money.

    About the only thing that everyone seems to agree on is that the interpreter didn’t bet on baseball.
    Of course, if it was found out that Ohtani DID know about the betting and that yes, Mizuhara DID bet on baseball, we’d have another Pete Rose type of investigation and Ohtani’s eventual ban from pro ball.
     
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    John, thanks for adding your comments... All that Overflow of Money breeds crime, what Ohtani knows, w ho knows.........j m
     
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    The way the Dodgers cheated the female fan who caught Ohtani's first home run ball was terrible. The news claimed (taken with a grain of salt) that the ball was valued at about $100,000. The Dodgers forced the fan to return the ball to Ohtani and apparently just gave her a few Dodger souvenirs, some autographed by Ohtani. I think Ohtani should have paid her for the value of the ball. After all, what is $100,000 to him? Supposedly, his interpreter "stole" millions from him.
     
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    I was wonderlng how an interpreter would have access to Shohei's money? It just doesn't compute for me. I'm not accusing Shohei of gambling but I think there's more to the story than what the news is telling us.
     
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    I've not followed this story, but when it first hit the news, there were no details put forth as to how the interpreter could have stolen the money. As you stated, that's kind of an important point, because it makes Shohei clean or it makes Shohei dirty.

    The interpreter's gambling debts go back years, so it's not like the story was fabricated to cover any gambling that Shohei may currently be involved in. You gotta understand that many Japanese will not publicly accuse each other of things like this, so the changing stories could likely be due to the tension between cultural obligations and dealing with potential fraud & theft in the American judicial system and his baseball contract.
     
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    The Sports World in general is a huge cheating business game/climate....Been going on for decades and often some stuff like this comes into PLAY.
     
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    Ohtani never noticed money being siphoned out of his account(s)? Someone in his position doesn't have financial experts handling and watching his large sums of money and advising him? The only two people having access to his account(s) were him and his interpreter? So hard to believe.
     
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    Ohtani's interpreter has been charged with bank fraud for stealing $16M over a period of 6-7 years. So it MAY be plausible that ±$200,000 per month leaked out of the accounts unnoticed, given that Ohtani just signed a $700M contract. But you raise an interesting point, @Alice Williams. Ohtani has gotta have people managing his money. Perhaps he needs to hire an outside auditor.
     
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