David Ortiz has denied any involvement in gambling on baseball following the publication of a book by a former Major League Baseball security agent.
Eddie Dominguez, a former Boston police officer, alleged that a former Ortiz associate — identified only as “Monga’’ — bet on a game in 2005 and was a frequent gambler. In his book, “Baseball Cop: The Dark Side of America’s National Pastime,’’ Dominguez further alleged that Monga was banned from the Red Sox clubhouse and later arrested for falsely claiming United States citizenship.
Dominguez never implicated Ortiz, something MLB confirmed.
Via an Instagram post, Ortiz denied any involvement in the matter:
“I wasn’t gonna comment on this episode, but someone outta nowhere once again try to diminish my image just to sell a couple books… jus for some $$ in his pocket,” he wrote. “MLB do a hell of a job letting us know as a player the importance of NOT betting on baseball… especially after Pete Rose. I have been a player that has been extremely blessed…not only with the love of the fans, but also with lots of $$$. And im SMART ENOUGH to not get caught in some BS like that….trust me!!! im doing this NOT because of u who wrote the book, im doin this for my fans to have peace of mind, cuz y’all deserve that. if i had been involved in anything related to gambling in 2005, my career wouldn’t have ended in 2016….MLB woulda gotten rid of me ASAP, cuz MLB don’t play that!!!! Ill leave this here…remember, you knock me down 10 time, I’ll learn how to get up 11. TRUST. GOD BLESS AMERICA.”