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Shohei Ohtani alleges interpreter Ippei Mizuhara stole money

Shohei Ohtani said Monday he never bet on sports or knowingly paid any gambling debts accumulated by his longtime interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara.

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Shohei Ohtani spoke to the media Monday for the first time since the illegal gambling and theft allegations involving the Los Angeles Dodgers star and his interpreter emerged during the team’s trip to South Korea.
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Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani tips his hat from first base during the second inning of a spring training baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 24.
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Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani smiles on first base during the second inning of a spring training baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 24.
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Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) is hit by a foul ball during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 24.
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani stands on the field during warmups before the team's spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, March 25, in Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani warms up on the field before the team's spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, March 25, in Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani, center, warms up on the field before the team's spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, March 25, in Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani walks on the field during warmups for the team's spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, March 25, in Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani throws during warmups for the team's spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, March 25, in Los Angeles.
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A video screen displays Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani, right, and interpreter Will Ireton during a news conference at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, March 25.
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Media members watch and record a video screen displaying Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani, right, and interpreter Will Ireton during a news conference at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, March 25.
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Ippei Mizuhara stands next to Japanese baseball star Shohei Ohtani and translates during an interview at Dodger Stadium on Feb. 3. The firing of Ohtani's interpreter by the Los Angeles Dodgers over allegations of illegal gambling has highlighted an issue many outside of California don't realize: Sports betting is still against the law in the nation's most populous state.

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