Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Shohei Ohtani spoke with the media on Monday for the first time since Major League Baseball opened an investigation into allegations that his longtime interpreter Ippei Mizuhara — since fired by the Dodgers — had placed illegal bets on non-baseball sports and Ohtani’s bank account was used to pay an illegal bookmaker millions of dollars.

During his press conference Monday, Ohtani said he has never bet on baseball or any other sports, and that Mizuhara stole from his bank account. This comes after Ohtani’s lawyers last week said he was the victim of a “massive theft.”

Shohei Ohtani on gambling scandal: 'Shocked' MLB star calls out  interpreter's 'lies,' denies paying bookmaker - CBSSports.com

Here is part of Ohtani’s statement, which he read in Japanese and was translated by Dodgers interpreter Will Ireton:
“I wanted to be here to be able to talk. I’m sure it was a tough week for fans and the organization. On a personal note, I’m very saddened and shocked that someone I trusted has done this. Obviously today there are things that I am limited to talk about. I do have a document in front of me that will detail what has happened.

“I never bet on baseball or any other sports. I have never asked anybody to do that on my behalf. I have never gone through a bookmaker to bet on sports. Up until a couple of days ago, I didn’t know this was happening.

“Just to go over the result, Ippei has been stealing money from my account, and has told lies.

“… The first time I knew about this gambling — Ippei’s gambling — was after the first game (in Korea) when we had the team meeting in the clubhouse. During the team meeting Ippei was speaking English and I didn’t have a translator at my side. But even with that, I started to feel that there was something amiss.

Shohei Ohtani says his interpreter stole money from his account and 'told  lies'

“…Obviously I never agreed to pay off the debt or make payments to the bookmaker. And finally, when we went to the hotel and talked one to one, that was when I found out he has massive debt, and it was revealed during the meeting that Ippei admitted that he was sending money using my account to the bookmaker.

“And at that moment — obviously it was an absurd thing that was happening — I contacted my representatives at that point. When I was finally able to talk to my representatives, that’s when my representatives found out Ippei has been lying the whole time. And that’s when I contacted the Dodgers and my lawyers.

“In conclusion, I do want to make it clear I never bet on sports or have willfully sent money to the bookmaker. To summarize how I’m feeling right now, I’m beyond shocked. It’s hard to verbalize how I’m feeling at this point.”

Shohei Ohtani addresses gambling scandal, accuses Ippei Mizuhara of theft -  The Washington Post
Ohtani did not take any questions after reading his statement.

Mizuhara originally told ESPN in an interview last week that Ohtani had paid off his gambling debt, an amount that had reached at least $4.5 million. However, his story changed a day later, and the now-fired interpreter later said Ohtani was unaware of the payments. The story broke while Ohtani, Mizuhara and the Dodgers were in Seoul, South Korea to open the MLB regular season against the Padres. The clubhouse meeting Ohtani referenced came after their season-opening win in Korea.