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. banasy

    Attention Michael Jordan, please meet your party, Michael Vick, in the Pete Rose Lounge, thank you.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    LMAO my sista! I imagined the tone of the lady over the intercom in the Airplane! movie.cracked me up.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Guy

    Why is A-Rod looking at me? Kinda creepy. I can't help you buddy.
    @raven: I was thinking of the waiting area at Red Lobster.. Airplane was funny though.

    August 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mmmmm

    Canna man get his game on in peace??? Leave 'em alone!

    August 3, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Poker Prodigy

    @Mmm: He could just go to a casino or start his own charity poker operation legally. Maybe he's looking for street cred. Madonna does like them bad boys.

    August 3, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Soya sayin' madonna loves her cream with coffee?

      August 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poker Prodigy

      @Mmm: Sorta. Madonna would be the cup of coffee that has some cream in it and A-Rod is the one slurping it up.

      August 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Curious

    You think Cameron Diaz was feeding him popcorn during any of this?

    August 3, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Okay curiuos george, ya can pretty much guess everthing was buttered up...except the popcorn...!

      August 3, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Roger Clemens

    A-Rod, just don't offer any info to any grand juries. Geez!

    August 3, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BigSancho

    What makes a poker game illegal? This is just another one of the governments old "if were not making any money on this" sham laws.

    August 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Charlie Sheen

    Alex, I think I left some "sweetener" at the last poker match. Winning?

    August 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    A-Rod and Madonna was last week's flavor...

    August 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    Aaaak! The visuals!!!

    August 3, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      I didn't start it...curious diddit...and poker crossed the line...

      August 3, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. calm_down

    wow – 12 posts without anyone going into their weird political comment mode. an excellent record

    August 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poker Prodigy

      @calm: You just ruined it. Thank you.

      August 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    Pick a topic-any topic-and someone will make it political.
    Or bring religion into it.
    Either way...
    Yep, a near-record run!

    August 3, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Oh really? Let us see! what kind of person would ask the question: Who wants the foot long hotdog?

      August 3, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fernace

    No, but I will throw a little gospel on it! Because that is the problem with gambling laws, it's an"un-christian" activity & must be banned by the law of the land, with certain exceptions! I'm guessing that quip about setting up a "charity game" was tounge in cheek, cause you know these dudes are there for a real game & to make $$$!!

    August 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      I think your point would be better receive if you threw in some clubs sandwiches with couple of beers...

      August 3, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dear Rhondas

      I was talking about Jesus not being qualified to assess me. You know how my brain works always fixated on off topic stuff.. Either way I wasn't talking about either of you two, but since you went down the rumor route FU both of you and burn forever.. I've had it with this sheeiit..

      August 4, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. kmb306

    Does any of this surprise anyone? A-Rod has been on the fringes of inappropriate activity his entire career. Talk about a narcicist. Anyone want to bet he lies...again?

    August 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      I have to agree...he definitely lies and lays.

      August 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
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