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New York Yankee’s Slugger Alex Rodrigues Possibly Facing Suspension

New York Yankee’s All-Star third baseman Alex Rodriguez could be facing a possibly

Al Bello, Getty Images
Al Bello, Getty Images

suspension from Major League Baseball if he is found guilty of participating in some illegal, underground poker games.

ESPN is reporting, after a article came out, that A-Rod played in at least two of the high-stake poker games, one of which took place at a Beverly Hills mansion where “cocaine was openly used” and a fight nearly broke out after one of the participants in the game 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 poker games, Rodriguez “tried to distance himself from the game,” once the violence erupted.

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

From ESPN New York:

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

“I could see us trying to pursue this a lot further,” the executive said. “The truth is still out there somewhere.”

A-Rod hasn’t been implicated in either the violence or the drugs.

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