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March 21, 2024 19 mins

Jomboy gives his immediate reaction to the breaking news of Shohei Ohtani's translator allegedly stealing millions of dollars from him.

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Speaker 1 (00:00):
The Dodgers just fired show Heo Tony's interpreter amid allegations
of massive theft gambling involved a lot of money involved,
a lot of multiple reports involved, and it's very early.
Welcome to Jimmy's Three Things segment, or a format here
on the Talk and Baseball Channel that will be starting

(00:22):
again this year. I started it last year. It will
be happening again this year. Next week I believe was
supposed to be the kickoff of it, but it's really
just three topics, usually the biggest one going on, and
then some stats I want to look into, or a
weird story that I want to talk about. But I
guess I'm doing a special announcement episode because we just
got crazy story, just an absolutely wild story. So I

(00:43):
guess Jimmy's three Things today. The first thing is going
to be, Yes, my glasses may be crooked. My son,
my two year old son at one point took them
off my face and just snapped that section to this
band aid on there doesn't scratch my face. Thing number
two would be to remind everybody that I don't know shit.

(01:04):
I'm just gonna read the article on ESPN by Tisha
Thompson and I'm gonna react to it. So that's kind
of what this is. Just for people that are looking
to like, understand it more. I'm also looking to understand
it more. I don't know anything that you guys don't know.
I don't have any other information besides this article and

(01:25):
you know, passage tweets and stuff. So that's the second thing.
Third thing is, let's get into it. It's it's wild,
and it's confusing, and it's it's really bizarre. So the
Los Angeles Dodgers interpreter for show here Tani was fired
Wednesday afternoon after questions surrounding at least four point five
million in wire transfers sent from Otani's bank account to

(01:49):
a book making operation. All Right, so I got you
gotta pause there, because if that's a fact, If that's
the first fact that we're starting with, that money got
transferred from sho Hey Otani's bank account to an illegal
gambling operation, that's crazy. The the complications and the results

(02:18):
and the damages and everything that can happen just by
that fact. If you weren't to go deeper, you would
just hear that, Hey, millions of dollars just got transferred
from Shotani's bank into an illegal gambling operation because they
were invested in you would just pause and say, oh shit,

(02:38):
that's not good. Let's look deeper because that's not good.
So Ippy is his longtime friend, an interpreter. They are
like best friends. It's like in Otani's contract that he
has to go everywhere they go. And it gets really
weird here. So they were in debt to a southern
California book making operation that is under federal investigation. Multiple

(03:00):
sorts of total ESPN How he came, how he came
to lose his job started with the reporters asking questions
about the wire transfer. So they're investigating this illegal gambling
and then they see wire transfers with Otani's name on it.
Initially a spokesman for Otani, so someone on Otani's half.

Speaker 2 (03:19):
Told ESPN that.

Speaker 1 (03:21):
Otani transferred the funds to cover it be's gambling debts.

Speaker 2 (03:27):
Mitzuhara.

Speaker 1 (03:29):
That alone, Okay, so now we have so now the
first they go from Otani's account to the gambling debt,
and then this first information the very first time they
ask about it, it's like, yeah, Otani sent them that money,
but it was just to cover the debts, but the
fact that Otani.

Speaker 2 (03:45):
Sent the money is crazy.

Speaker 1 (03:47):
You can't gamble, you can't illegally gamble, you can't fund
an illegal book making operation with debt. So they're saying
that it wasn't he embedding. He was covering the debt
of his interpreter. The spokesman presented, uh Mizuhara, I call

(04:07):
him hippie. But Msuhara so basically said here you you
interview him, he'll tell you everything. And they did a
ninety minute interview for ESPN Tuesday night, which Tis just says,
during which Musahara laid out his account in great detail,
so sounds like he said a lot and ESPN was like,

(04:29):
this is cool, man, thanks for telling us so much. However,
as ESPN prepared to publish the story Wednesday, the spokesman
disavowed Misahara's Mizuhara's account and said, Otani's lawyers, what is
your statement? Actually, everything that is like the Joe Peshi
opening opening trial in uh my cousin, Vinny, everything that
guy just said is bullshit.

Speaker 2 (04:53):
It's not what we thought he was going to tell you.

Speaker 1 (04:55):
We retracted is the liar and now we're mad at him.
In the course of responding to recent media inquiries, we
discovered that show Hay had been the victim of a
massive theft, and we are turning the matter over to authorities.
Read the statement from the lawyers. So step one Otani's
camp says, yes, Otani paid those off.

Speaker 2 (05:19):
It was a debt for Ippi.

Speaker 1 (05:20):
Actually, you know what, We'll send Ippi your way to
confirm this account. And then I think then they say,
never mind, it's theft. We had no idea. I don't
know if it's the same spokesman or a different spokesman.
We don't know how this got mixed up. But it's

(05:44):
unfortunate that these two things got mixed up because ESPN
is pretty frustrated with the matter because they're like, he
spoke to us in great detail, and right before we
were about to publish it, they say it's all lies
and we can't publish it. The spokesman declined to answer
any further questions, and a statement did not specify whom
they believe traded the alleged theft when asked by ESPN.
When asked by ESPN on Wednesday afternoon after the lawyer's statement,

(06:07):
if he had been accused of theft, Mitzuhara said he
was told he could not comment but to climb to
say to by whom? So he said, I can't talk
on them. They said, who told you not talking? And
he said, oh, I don't. I can't tell you. I
I can't tell you who told me not talking to him?
So wild, Okay, So here we go. The illegal book
maker's name is Matthew Bauer. And there's this This section

(06:29):
gets real weird. The wire transfer payments were sent from
Otani's account to an associate of Bowers, according to multiple
sources and bank data reviewed by ESPN. Multiple sources, including Musahara,
told ESPN that Otani does not gamble and that the
funds covered Musahar's law. I'm gonna say, yippy yippie's losses,

(06:52):
hippy yippie.

Speaker 2 (06:55):
So that if that's true, and then if that like sure, okay,
it was. He was gambling.

Speaker 1 (07:01):
He got up to four and a half million in debt.
And Otani is his good friend and he has money,
and he said, I'm going to help you out. I
don't know, by the MLB's rule Commission's rules legally what
that means, and I think it. I think if that's

(07:22):
the case, it means bad things, and that's why Otani's
lawyers are being like, no fucking way, it was theft.
We didn't know anything about that. And maybe that's the case.
But who then said the first statement, but then goes
on to say that ESPN had a reviewed bank information
showing Otani's name on two five hundred grand payments sent

(07:44):
in September in October, So, okay, I thought it was
in my head, I thought it was just a one
time payment of four and a half million to cover
the debt. But these are checks multiple times. And it
goes on to say that sources close to the gambling
operation told ESPN that Bauer dealt directly with Ippi, who
placed bets on international soccer matches and other sports, but

(08:06):
not baseball, starting in twenty twenty one. A sour said
Bauer was aware of the name on the wire transfers,
but chose not to ask questions as long as payments
came in. So now this source is saying that it's
not Otani's just covering the debt. At the end, Otani's name,

(08:29):
unbeknownst to him, according to Otani's lawyers, was on the checks.

Speaker 2 (08:34):
Like in live time.

Speaker 1 (08:36):
His name was on the checks and the bookie Bauer,
if that's how you pronounces name, knew the name on
the check, said Otani. So she got a book maker
in California knowing that he's getting half a million dollars
a month for those two months from show. Hey Otani,
and he says, you know, he just didn't ask any questions. However,

(08:59):
this source said Bower Legally, bo said Bauer allowed people
to believe Otani was a client in order to boost business.
So now he's using that fact to Otani.

Speaker 2 (09:12):
Bets with me.

Speaker 1 (09:13):
You want to bet with me and my book maker
Otani does, so must be trusted. Otani's sending me checks.
He's trying to boost business by saying Otani's sending him money.

Speaker 2 (09:23):
That seems not.

Speaker 1 (09:25):
Good for Otani. Mister Bauer never met or spoke with Shoatani. Okay,
that's good. In the interview in two, in the Tuesday
interview arranged by ATONI spokesman, It b who's thirty nine,
told ESPN that he asked Otani last year to pay
off his gambling debt, which multiple sources said had ballooned

(09:46):
to at least four point five million. Now, I'm a
cynical person. And I asked questions a ton, whether I
should or not. That's kind of what I like doing.
My question at this point would be, so Bauer knows
Otani his names on the check.

Speaker 2 (10:05):
Okay, I guess that's a statement.

Speaker 1 (10:07):
My question would be My first question would be, how
does this book maker allow a translator to incure four
point five million dollars of.

Speaker 2 (10:20):
Debt of credit? How does he allow it to get
that bad?

Speaker 1 (10:27):
And then my follow up would be, oh, well, Otani's
name was on the checks, so I guess he thought.
Even even even if this isn't Otani making these bets,
this is Otani's funding this dude's betting because his name's
on the checks. Now, according to Otani's lawyers, this was

(10:48):
all happening unbeknownst to Otani, and.

Speaker 2 (10:50):
Its theft could be the could be the case.

Speaker 1 (10:53):
We would have to figure it all out and hear
how all the people that are actually gonna look into this,
uh what they fought? Obviously, Otani wasn't happy about it
and said he would help me out to make sure
I never do this again. If he said, he decided
to pay it off for me. If that's true, it's
a nice thing by Otani. But legally, I still think

(11:16):
we're in fucking trouble there. Uh. And again that's why
Otani's lawyer saying that is not true. And then it
be goes on to say, I want everyone to know
that show hey had zero involvement in betting. I want
people to know I did not know this was illegal.
I learned my lesson the hard way. I will never
do sports betting again. Yeah, man, four point five mil okay.

Speaker 2 (11:38):
But then on.

Speaker 1 (11:38):
Wednesday, Misahara told you his spand that Ottani had no
knowledge of his gambling debts and Otania had not transferred
money to the bookmakers associates. So a whole new story
on Wednesday. Yeah, that's not good that there was two
different stories. So I he told ESPN on Tuesday, his
bets replaced on international soccer, the end the NFL.

Speaker 2 (12:01):
And college football.

Speaker 1 (12:03):
I never bet on baseball, Muzara said, that's one hundred percent.

Speaker 2 (12:08):
I knew the rule.

Speaker 1 (12:09):
We have a meeting about it in spring training. And
that's great, man, I really really really hope that's the case. Again,
if I'm just someone who reads things and wonders things
and ask questions, I'd be like you incured four and
a half million in debt, you seem to be a
terrible gambler. Also, if Otani's lawyers are correct and saying

(12:33):
that this was theft and Otani had no idea this
money was coming out of his account, you're you're not
to be trusted. You're a thief who incurred debt. That
is not a place of honesty. So you'd need to
really dig deeper and actually like look into the bets
to figure it out. Because if this dude's a liar
and a thief, I'm not going to just take his

(12:57):
word for it. If he stole four point five million
from his best friend, I'd have to go check that out. Now,
what if he was betting on baseball and Tani truly
didn't know about it, but it was coming from Otani's account,
I don't know what that means, and I don't want
to find out.

Speaker 2 (13:09):
That would suck h MLB employees.

Speaker 1 (13:13):
MLB players and employees are allowed to bet on sports other
than baseball, but not with illegal book makers or offshore websites,
and punishment subject to punishment at the commissioner's discretion.

Speaker 2 (13:23):
Okay, so now we know that it's the outcome.

Speaker 1 (13:28):
The league has not been contacted by federal authorities, was
not aware of the situation until he has been raised
in recent days. The source s at MLB's next step
would be gather facts, which you could take time.

Speaker 2 (13:37):
In light of an ongoing federal investigation. Yep, it would
be a smart thing to do.

Speaker 1 (13:42):
Federal authorities learned ver Tiny's wire payments in January is
part of their investigation into the book making operation. He
has been reviewed wire transfer data for two of the transactions,
each totaling five hundred thousand. Shoheo Tani is visible alongside
various bank account and wire transfer information and the word
loan otani is a Japanese.

Speaker 2 (14:02):
Ah.

Speaker 1 (14:03):
Dude, that sucks, because I still think that's fucking terrible.
I think we're in a lot of trouble there. If
ESPN is saying they reviewed the data and there are
officially two transactions that together is a million dollars from
Shoho Tani to a bank, now showy his lawyers are

(14:23):
saying this is theft and he had no idea and
we have to hear that through and figure it out.
But that is a problem. That is just that fact
that they're saying, no, we saw this it's real. That's bad.
That that's real power forty eight if his potential felony charges. Yeah,
I mean he's running an a legal thing. It Bi

(14:44):
met Bauer out of San Diego poker game in twenty
twenty one, started betting with him on credit. Year later,
it be estimated his losses amounted more than a million
by the end of twenty twenty two. In balloon from there,
you're real. That's terrible and I'm terrible at gambling. Yeah, man,
you're really bad. And why did this dude allow you
to keep getting so much deeper in the hole. I

(15:06):
guess he knew you had a really rich best friend
that was gonna bail you out.

Speaker 2 (15:12):
And then.

Speaker 1 (15:14):
On Tuesday it he said, after a time, he agreed
to pay the debts. Uh he So his first report,
he's damn so translators first report, the one that the
spokesman said, All that's bullshit, he said, Otani logged onto
his own computer and sent the wire transfers under Miserhara's

(15:35):
supervision and installments over several months last year. Okay, so
that changes what I was saying earlier on So the
several five hundred grand was the four point five. It
wasn't while the bets were being made earlier. When I
was reading the paragraphs above, I was like, so I
said something. I thought they were saying it's four point

(15:57):
five million at the end, but he was adding five
hundred as we went.

Speaker 2 (16:02):
I guess that's wrong. The five hundred installments were to
cover the debt.

Speaker 1 (16:06):
Once we like got to a place where we had
to cover it, he said we had to add description
for the wire. I think Matt Boyer might have told
me to just put loan because you had to put something. Love.
That first time I wrote out a check for rent
or something, I remember calling. I'm like what do I write?
And they were like, right, Rent? And I was like, oh,
I'm sorry. I was daunted by this Czech situation. I'm

(16:28):
just really.

Speaker 2 (16:29):
Young and dumb.

Speaker 1 (16:31):
Ipp He said he didn't want me to gamble it away.
That's why Otani didn't let him do the wiring himself.
And Otani did it.

Speaker 2 (16:39):
Again.

Speaker 1 (16:39):
That's all everything that this that it be said on
Tuesday per Otani's lawyers is a lie and it's it
was theft and not true.

Speaker 2 (16:53):
This sucks.

Speaker 1 (16:57):
Itppy, though, Wednesday afternoon walked back much of what he
said late Tuesday, single Tani had no knowledge of his
gambling activities, debts efforts to repay them. So after he
gave a ninety minute interview at ESPN where he said
all this stuff, and he said, we yeah, we paid back.
We sat the laptop, we paid it back together. He
didn't want me to lose the money. And then the
very next day he shows up and says, oh, he

(17:19):
had no idea what I was doing. He had no idea.
It was all me, obviously me. This is all my fault,
everything I've done. I'm ready to face the consequences. I
don't know, man, I think that's kind of it. Yeah,
then they give other examples. There's obviously way more we

(17:41):
need to hear and figure out. But even the fact
that Otani's name millions of dollars of bank statements to
an illegal gambling thing is bad. Whether now they have

(18:02):
to really prove that he had no idea, he didn't
know about it at all, And it seems like it
is gonna help them prove that by saying, yeah, he
had no idea.

Speaker 2 (18:12):
We have no idea.

Speaker 1 (18:13):
That's there's a lot of That's a first article, A
great job by ESPN and by Tisha Thompson and it's
a first article. It leaves leaves a lot to wonder.
Thanks for tuning into Jimmy's Three Things. We'll be back
Talking Baseball series recaps midweek episodes. Jimmy's Three Things coverage

(18:36):
on all Social Subscribe to the channel. Appreciate you guys,
Thank you. This is wild and the more I started
like I started this just like whoa, this is drama
and crazy news and kind of like just kind of
wide eyed being like whoa, my goodness, I love juicy
stories like this, And then at the end of that article,

(18:57):
I got sad, like, fuck, dude, I don't want this
to be anything that turns out bad and Otani's not
playing baseball anymore or would be or even suspended for
a minor amount of time or non baseball but actual
federal legal trouble, Like I, I don't know, a lot

(19:18):
more of information needed to be out there.

Speaker 2 (19:20):
Obviously, That's just my thoughts on this article. See y
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