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Report: Braves' Fletcher bet with bookie tied to Mizuhara scandal

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Atlanta Braves infielder David Fletcher bet on sports with the same bookmaker who took bets from Shohei Ohtani's former interpreter Ippei Mizuhara, sources told ESPN's Tisha Thompson.

Fletcher allegedly bet on multiple sports but didn't place any wagers on baseball, according to Thompson.

Colby Schultz, Fletcher's friend and a former farmhand of the Kansas City Royals, allegedly bet on baseball games, including ones involving the Los Angeles Angels, Thompson reports. Fletcher played for the Angels from 2018-23.

Major League Baseball players are permitted to wager on sports other than baseball, so long as they're not with an illegal bookmaker. Players who make wagers with an illegal bookmaker are subject to discipline at the discretion of the commissioner's office.

Mathew Bowyer's sportsbook operation is currently under federal investigation. Mizuhara made bets with Bowyer and stole nearly $17 million from Ohtani to help cover his debts.

MLB declined to comment on the Fletcher situation, but a league source told Thompson that Fletcher is expected to be investigated.

Fletcher said in March that he never placed a wager with Bowyer's operation but had met him, Thompson reports.

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