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LA Dodgers Information: MLB Launches Investigation Into Star Participant, Former Worker

Major League Baseball released a statement on Friday evening stating that their Department of Investigation (DOI) “began their formal process investigating” the allegations involving Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani and former interpreter Ippei Mizuhara. The DOI is expected to request interviews with all parties, including Ohtani and Mizuhara. According to T.J. Quinn of

LA Dodgers Information: MLB Launches Investigation Into Star Participant, Former Worker

Main League Baseball launched an announcement on Friday night stating that their Division of Investigation (DOI) “started their formal course of investigating” the allegations involving Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani and former interpreter Ippei Mizuhara.

The DOI is predicted to request interviews with all events, together with Ohtani and Mizuhara.

Based on T.J. Quinn of ESPN, Ohtani additionally has a proper to refuse cooperation as a member of the MLB Gamers Affiliation. Ohtani additionally may invoke his proper, underneath an interpretation of arbitration precedent, to refuse cooperation due to a felony investigation that is already underway. Historically, MLB has argued a participant can invoke such an exception if he’s a goal of the investigation, which Ohtani just isn’t believed to be.

As @Alden_Gonzalez mentioned, my understanding is that Shohei Ohtani will stay on the lively roster as MLB conducts its investigation.

— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) March 22, 2024

The announcement comes on the heels of the IRS confirming its investigation with the Associated Press into Mizuhara and his alleged bookmaker, Mathew Bowyer. Mizuhara was fired by the Dodgers after reporters found about $4.5 million in wire transfers despatched from Ohtani’s checking account to a bookmaking operation underneath federal investigation.

Over the previous two days, Ohtani’s camp has mentioned that he paid for his companion’s playing money owed to saying that he had been the sufferer of “large theft.” The entire story stays unclear.

Ohtani, Mizuhara Under MLB Investigation
Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Dodgers talks together with his interpreter Ippei Mizuhara earlier than the sport between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on December 21, 2023, in Inglewood,…

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Tisha Thompson of ESPN, who initially broke the story together with the Los Angeles Instances, reported on Friday that a number of sources instructed ESPN that neither the California Bureau of Investigation nor the FBI was engaged on the case. Thompson additionally wrote that spokespersons with the Los Angeles Police Division and district lawyer’s workplaces in Los Angeles and Orange counties all mentioned they weren’t investigating, they usually indicated it was most certainly a federal matter. The U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace for the Central District of California declined to remark.

Ohtani has not been accused of putting bets and Mizuhara has mentioned that he didn’t wager on baseball.

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