Wednesday, August 3, 2011
MLB Has Questions About A-Rod's Starlight Poker Games
"Major League Baseball is starting to shine a brighter light on Alex Rodriguez's alleged participation in illegal high-stakes poker games, and the commissioner's office intends to bring in Rodriguez for questioning on the matter.
"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," MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said.
Baseball sources say it's possible that Rodriguez's' participation in the games could lead to a suspension, if it is determined that he was actually present.
According to the initial report in Star Magazine, Rodriguez played in two games at a Beverly Hills mansion in 2009, where drugs were used and a fight nearly broke out after one player lost more than a half-million dollars.
Commissioner Bud Selig has spoken with Rodriguez before about his playing in the games, which have allegedly included other celebrities from sport and screen.
When the allegations first came to light a month ago, Rodriguez said that he would address it at the proper time, if needed. That time may be coming. Rodriguez could not be reached for comment Wednesday, but he arrives at the Yankees' complex in Tampa Thursday to take the next step in his rehab from knee surgery." - read more - via The Wall Street Journal