Yankees' A-Rod to be interviewed over illegal poker reports
August 3rd, 2011
06:04 PM ET

Yankees' A-Rod to be interviewed over illegal poker reports

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will be interviewed in connection with reports that he participated in illegal poker games, an MLB spokesman said Wednesday.

"We take this very seriously and have been investigating this matter since the initial allegation. As part of the investigation, the Commissioner’s Office will interview Mr. Rodriguez," spokesman Patrick Courtney said.

The allegations, which were reported Thursday on RadarOnline.com, citing a Star magazine investigation, accuse Rodriguez of participating in at least two underground poker games. One allegedly was held in the Beverly Hills mansion of a record executive, where "cocaine was openly used" and a fight nearly broke out over a player refusing to pay more than $500,000, the report said.

Rodriguez also reportedly organized his own high-stakes game in Florida that ended with a player calling in "several thugs in a bid to intimidate rival players" after he lost "tens of thousands of dollars," according to the RadarOnline.com story.

Rodriguez could face suspension if his participation in the games is confirmed, ESPNNewYork.com reported, citing an MLB executive speaking on condition of anonymity.

Rodriguez declined comment to the New York Daily News in July, when the allegations first surfaced.

"Mr. Rodriguez has not participated in these poker games," his spokesman, Richard Rubenstein told the newspaper back then.

Rodriguez is currently on the disabled list with a knee injury.

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  1. Ummmm.....

    Mmmmmm: I don't know, who does?

    August 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      A cannibal whose turn it is to grill tonight...

      August 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ummmm.....


    August 3, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Are we relatable, I see you gotta lotta m's in your name...do my dad know your mom?

      August 3, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Curious

    O.k., yall asked for it: the politics of poker leave no room for religion, unless you're losing.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Curious

    And yes Charlie, he's "winning!".

    August 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pmk1953

    Another rich jock who thinks he can do what ever he wants because the rule never apply to him.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Viper

    It's really pathetic when you can't have a poker game in your own fracking home. What's the next headline?

    "Faver faces lifetime suspension for getting caught eating barbeque in the hot tub"?

    August 3, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Naturalselection

      When you choose to become an MLB player you are made aware of the rules. I think that a man should be able to play in a poker game if he wishes, but not if it is expressly prohibited as a condition to his continued employment. He is being a jacka$$. When he retires in a few years he'll be worth over 100 million dollars, and then he can gamble all he wants to.

      August 4, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua*

    Favre was a well known h0mos3xual in some circles.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. HK

    I liked A-Rod much better when he was with the Mariners in Seattle.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. LNT

    OMG!! What next, Ole St. Nick busted for operationing a slade without a license.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. smellyfeet

    maybe he and his buddies were gambling with steroid needles instead of poker chips?

    August 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
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