According to Star Magazine, A-rod allegedly participated in one or two underground poker games back in 2005 and 2007. There was cocaine present and a fight almost broke out due to the host not wanting to pay up.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig did not like hearing this and his office issued the following statement:
“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.”
All that Selig & Company is accomplishing by even acknowledging something like this is more distraction from real baseball issues that need to be addressed.
It is no secret that A-rod makes some bad decisions and is at the wrong place, at the wrong time more than most. Hey you try to find someone who wouldn’t do the same when the NYC media is stalking you 24-7?
With tempers at the table flaring, A-Rod tried to distance himself from the game, another insider told Star. “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.”
A few other partakers reportedly made it very clear that A-rod did not use any cocaine, and that he seemed freaked out by his whole ‘initiation’ into the high-stakes games. There are no reports that A-rod has not been linked to this ring again for years.
Okay, so could someone please tell me why MLB is getting involved here and causing a stink about this?
I understand that the Yankees supposedly warned A-rod about these ‘rings’ back in 2005, but that seems just as A-rod does work for the organization.
So tell me where MLB’s Commissioner’s Office fits in here?
Was they betting on baseball games? Or was A-rod doing cocaine?
No and no…
Well the latest news according to CBS Sports, is the Major League Baseball is investigating allegations of Alex Rodriguez’s participation in illegal poker games, an assertion that could lead to the player’s suspension.
This whole thing seems really desperate, as the Commissioner’s Office seems to embrace this attention instead of working on improving HGH testing or addressing the instant replay debate.
So, here are some questions I would ask Mr. Selig to answer, so that us fans can understand his reasoning behind all this hoopla:
1. When did Selig start investigating this matter, because five years seem like an awfully long time to investigate a poker game?
2. Does MLB trust the credibility of STAR MAGAZINE and tabloids in general?
3. What written rule in MLB did A-rod actually break?
4. Isn’t this situation more of a poor personal decision, than a baseball problem?
5. Do you think that no other MLB players gamble in high-stakes games?
What is your opinion on this whole scenario? Please leave it in the comments because I don’t get it.
This is really nobody’s business but A-rod’s and maybe the Yankees, who could impose a fine or something because of the past warning but that is it. Agree or not?
- Bug Selig Wants To Chat With A-Rod About His Violent, Cocaine-y Poker Game [Alex Rodriguez] (deadspin.com)
- Source: A-Rod could face suspension for poker (espn.go.com)
- Alex Rodriguez to be interviewed about illegal poker games (denverpost.com)
- MLB investigating A-Rod over high-stakes poker games (thestar.com)
- Source: MLB planning poker talk with Alex Rodriguez of New York Yankees – ESPN New York (fanup.wordpress.com)
- Report: Poker Pro Insists A-Rod Wasn’t At Illegal High-Stakes Game (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Yankees’ A-Rod to be interviewed over illegal poker reports (news.blogs.cnn.com)