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.
“We’re talking to people involved in the investigation and we’re taking this very seriously,” said an MLB executive who spoke to ESPNNewYork.com on condition of anonymity. “Because he had been warned about this before, I would say a possible suspension would be very much in play.”
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.”
This seems like a joke to me. First of all, I don’t see how Major League Baseball has the authority to suspend A-Rod for something like this. There is no policy in MLB like that in the NFL and NBA that holds any players to some sort of code of conduct. Second of all, why are they treating this like a bigger deal than any player who has been arrested for DUI’s.
Because of those reasons I doubt very highly that this will go anywhere. It seems that there is a certain group of people that get kicks out of reading things that cast A-Rod in a negative light and this is just feeding into that.