A-Rod in Trouble Over High-Stakes Poker Games

by Lou on August 4, 2011

Looks like New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is in some trouble over his appearance in a high-stakes Hollywood poker game that involved such celebrities as Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.  A-Rod had allegedly been warned by baseball commissioner Bud Selig not to play in the games, but he ignored them.

Temper flare-ups were common at the table, and cocaine use reputedly took place, though Rodriguez is not alleged to have used drugs nor been involved in any of the occasional dust-ups.

Now I am not a Yankee fan, but in my opinion this is a silly story.  Selig has no authority over A-Rod’s private conduct, as long as he’s not violating any of the terms of his contract with the Yankees.  He’s a grown man, and so what if tempers got heated when one player refused to pay off his half-million dollars in losses, and others snorted some lines at the table.

While A-Rod probably should have beaten an exit to the door once the hard drugs were placed on the table—distancing himself from drug use is just the savvy thing to do—but c’mon; he’s not guilty of anything, is he?

I’m curious as to the ultimate outcome of this affair.  If Selig or the Yankees try to suspend Rodriguez, I’m sure the players union would have something to say about that.  My guess is that this is merely a tempest in a tea pot—more posturing by Bud Selig than anything of real substance.  Nevertheless, A-Rod’s publicist says the three-time American League Most Valuable Player is “looking forward to cooperating with Major League Baseball in its investigation of his alleged involvement in illegal poker games.”

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