According to a breaking news report on ESPN.com, 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.
The allegations, first published by RadarOnline.com, 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.”
“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.”
Amazing… Imagine dropping a few hundred-thousand in one night?
A baseball official said that A-Rod had been warned in 2005, about gambling in underground poker clubs by the Yankees and even directly by baseball commissioner Bud Selig himself.
Some are saying that there is a chance that this may even lead to a “Pete Rose-type lifetime ban from baseball” if the investigation uncovers that he was participating in these illegal activities with gamblers who have bet on baseball in the past.