After nearly a week of confusion about the actions of his now-fired former interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, Shohei Ohtani sat in front of reporters Monday and told his side of the story.

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The gist of the Los Angeles Dodgers star’s account is that Mizuhara embezzled $4.5 million from him to pay off illegal gambling debts and that Ohtani didn’t know about any of this until Mizuhara told the Dodgers last week that he had a gambling problem. Crucially, Ohtani — who reportedly speaks some English but isn’t fluent — was not told in the prior days about ESPN looking into the matter.

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Ohtani divulged all this via a 12-minute statement he read and had translated by his new interpreter, Dodgers employee Will Ireton. Ireton previously translated for Kenta Maeda on the Dodgers before moving into a baseball operations role.

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Unlike the story initially told by Mizuhara, in which Ohtani supposedly agreed to pay off those debts himself, this one doesn’t implicate Ohtani in a federal crime. If true, Ohtani is the victim of not just a seven-figure theft but also a betrayal by the person he considered his best friend since arriving in MLB.

It is a wild story, and it leaves us with more questions.