MLB Faces Controversy as Shohei Ohtani’s Former Interpreter Faces Illegal Gambling Charges in California

Shohei Ohtani to Deliver Statement, Decline Questions

In the Dodgers clubhouse on Sunday, Shohei Ohtani made an announcement that he would be available to reporters on Monday. However, his definition of “available” seems to mean that he will only be reading a statement prepared by lawyers and P.R. specialists, and will not be answering any questions. The statement is scheduled to be read at 5:45 p.m. ET.

This story is being closely followed because it revolves around gambling rather than baseball. The unique quality of this situation lies in the fact that the gambling activities of Ohtani’s former interpreter occurred in California, where gambling is illegal. It’s possible (if not likely) that players in other sports, including the NFL, may also be involved in similar activities through legal gambling apps. The handling of Ohtani’s situation by MLB could provide insight into how to avoid potential scandals involving high-profile players in the future.

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