New York Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez is being investigated for illegal underground poker games by Major League Baseball. Once again being involved in illegal activities, Officials of the MLB announced Wednesday that they would ask for the meeting after Star Magazine reported that the baseball player “played in an underground, illegal poker game where cocaine was openly used, and even organized his own high-stakes game, which ended with thugs threatening players.” The report said he lost a “few thousand dollars” and mentioned that he was not using cocaine.
Rodriguez also faced questions about his gambling habits in 2005, when the Daily News reported he attended games at an underground poker club in New York. The slugging third baseman later acknowledged, “It wasn’t the right thing to do,” and checked with MLB before holding a charity poker tournament the following year.
“We take this very seriously and have been investigating this matter since the initial allegation,” said Pat Courtney, a spokesman for Major League Baseball. “As part of the investigation, the commissioner’s office will interview Mr. Rodriguez.” Under the rules that govern baseball players, Rodriguez will have to truthfully answer baseball’s questions. If he acknowledges that he played in underground games or if officials uncover evidence that he did so, he could face a suspension.
In December 2007, Rodriguez and the Yankees agreed to a 10-year, $275 million contract. This contract was the richest contract in baseball history (breaking his previous record of $252 million). In February 2009, after previously denying use of performance-enhancing drugs, including during a 2007 interview with Katie Couric on 60 Minutes, Rodriguez admitted to using steroids, saying he used them from 2001 to 2003 when playing for the Texas Rangers due to what he called “an enormous amount of pressure” to perform.By: Pat Prescott
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