Wednesday, August 3, 2011

MLB Investigating A-Rod For Poker Allegations, Considering Suspension

From Wallace Matthews:
Major League Baseball is taking "very seriously" the allegations that Alex Rodriguez took part in some illegal, underground poker games, one of which reportedly turned violent, and he could face suspension if his participation in the games is confirmed.

"We're talking to people involved in the investigation and we're taking this very seriously," said an MLB executive who spoke to on condition of anonymity. "Because he had been warned about this before, I would say a possible suspension would be very much in play."

The allegations, first published by, are that the New York Yankees third baseman played in at least two of the games, one of which took place at the Beverly Hills mansion of a record executive at which "cocaine was openly used and a fight nearly broke out when one of the players refused to pay after losing "more than a half-million dollars."

According to the story, details of which were reportedly provided by another player at the games, Rodriguez "tried to distance himself from the game," once the violence broke out.

"He just shook his head, not knowing what the hell happened," the whistle-blower revealed. "He didn't want to deal with it at all. He was like, 'OK, whatever. It's your game.' I would estimate A-Rod lost, like, a few thousand dollars that night. After everything that happened, he paid up and left."

in 2005, Rodriguez had been warned about gambling in underground poker clubs by the Yankees and by baseball commissioner Bud Selig, both of whom were concerned that possible involvement with gamblers who might be betting on baseball games could result in a Pete Rose-type lifetime ban from baseball.

Now, although baseball's investigation centers upon Rodriguez's card-playing and he is not thought to have gambled on the outcome of any baseball games, the fact that he may have disregarded Selig's warning is said to have angered the commissioner.

"Bud's totally fed up with him," said a baseball insider. "It's like there's something new with him every day and it's impossible to keep up with it."
What a freaking joke.

The only concern MLB should have is if players--A-Rod in this case--were betting on the game. Since he's not, there should be no issue, and definitely no suspension. Sadly, it sounds like they will suspend him if they can prove he played in the game. As of now you already have witnesses who say he played, which probably isn't enough for a suspension to hold up, but it's a start for Bud Selig and his crew of morons over at MLB.

Remember, this is also the same yutz who turned a blind eye to a decade of rampant steroid use. That was OK, but A-Rod playing a harmless, yes harmless, game of poker is a problem.

Maybe for once he should be focusing on real issues of the game; like why African-Americans don't care about the sport. Or why he thinks having the ASG determine home-field advantage for the World Series is a good idea. Or any of the other problems facing Major League Baseball today. (I'd get into them now, but I don't have 3 hours.) But no, of course not. Instead, he's wasting time with this pointless investigation of Alex Rodriguez and and his poker hobby.

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