Banned for Life? Another Scandal!

( – Making headlines for all the wrong reasons, Major Leaguе Baseball (MLB) is currently dealing with a potential lifetime ban over a new gambling-related scandal.

This situation comes just months after Shohei Ohtani’s interpreter was implicated in a $16 million theft from the baseball star to cover sports gambling debts.

Now, MLB is looking into allegations against Padres infielder Tucupita Marcano, who is potentially facing a lifetime ban from baseball, as per the Wall Street Journal.

24-year-old Marcano is suspected of placing bets on games involving his previous team, the Pirates, while he was listed as injured last season.

The Venezuelan athlete was picked up by the Padres off waivers during the offseason and has been sidelined since last July due to a torn ACL.

The report also notes that four other players might face disciplinary measures for betting on baseball while they were in the minor leagues.

Marcano’s representative, MLB and the MLB Players Association chose not to comment on the matter when approached.

The Padres released a statement acknowledging the ongoing investigation, noting:

“We are aware of an active investigation by Major League Baseball regarding a matter that occurred when the player in question was a member of another organization and not affiliated with the San Diego Padres. We will not have any further comment until the investigative process has been completed.”

This controversy came to light shortly after the NBA issued a ban to Raptors forward Jontay Porter for breaching its gambling policy, including providing insider information to bettors and manipulating his own playtime for betting purposes.

Moreover, after Ohtani’s former interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, signed a guilty plea agreement last month, it was revealed that MLB is also probing Ohtani’s former teammate David Fletcher, an Angels infielder, for allegedly engaging in sports betting with the same illicit bookmaker.

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