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Dodgers’ Shohei Ohtani Releases Statement Following Conclusion of Ippei Mizuhara Investigation

Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani, who was cleared of any wrongdoing by Major League Baseball following Ippei Mizuhara’s guilty plea on Tuesday, has released a statement:

“Now that the investigation has been completed, this full admission of guilt has brought important closure to me and my family,” Ohtani said in a statement. “I want to sincerely thank the authorities for finishing their thorough and effective investigation so quickly and uncovering all of the evidence. This has been a uniquely challenging time, so I am especially grateful for my support team my family, agent, agency, lawyers, and advisors along with the entire Dodger organization, who showed endless support throughout this process. It’s time to close this chapter, move on and continue to focus on playing and winning ballgames.”

Mizuhara, Ohtani’s former interpreter and best friend, was charged with stealing nearly $17 million from Ohtani to fuel his gambling addiction.

Ohtani has said since the beginning that he was a victim of massive fraud, and the investigation has confirmed just that.

Ohtani will now be able to focus on baseball, which is exactly what he’s wanted to do all along.

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.

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