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Yankees’ A-Rod Involved in Poker Scandal

4 August 2011 by admin

alex-rodriguezThere is yet another scandal involving New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. This time it is related to his gambling habit. The third baseman is being investigated by Major League Baseball for his alleged participation in a number of high-stakes underground poker games. The poker games, it should be noted, are illegal to run but not to participate in, so A-Rod is not accused of any crime.

After Star Magazine broke the story, the Yankees and Major League Baseball learned about allegations that Rodriguez had taken part in at least two high-stakes poker games. In one of the games, there was allegedly cocaine use and a fight that broke out after one player refused to pay up his loss of more than $500,000. This is said to have angered MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, who scolded Rodriguez in 2005 for to taking part in poker games. Selig will soon interview A-Rod regarding the matter. Rodriguez is currently on the Disabled List.

Playing in poker games may not be a big deal to most people, but baseball has long had a policy against players or coaches gambling. Pete Rose has suffered a lifetime ban for his gambling habit, though no one ever proved he bet on his team’s games. Most recently, Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels lost his job and has since been indicted for various charges from an investigation that began with his gambling habit.

To Selig, it is dangerous to have a player like Rodriguez play in high-stakes games and possibly owe a lot of money. Though A-Rod’s contract would make debt almost impossible, the Black Sox scandal of 1919 has made baseball weary of any gambling involvement. Plus, like it or not, poker has a stigma in the eyes of many, and baseball wants to avoid association with an activity of which many people disapprove.

As for me, I wonder why anyone would agree to play poker against A-Rod. Since he is a known cheater at baseball, how can you trust him to not cheat in poker? Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003 and has been treated by a physician who pleaded guilty to smuggling human growth hormone into the U.S.

According to MLB sources, if it is proved that Rodriguez took part in the alleged poker games, he will likely be suspended. Richard Rubenstein, a PR representative for A-Rod, said that the allegations contain “numerous factual inaccuracies and Alex looks forward to cooperating with MLB in their investigation.”

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