Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig ordered Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez to meet up with investigators regarding his suspected participation in a series of illegal poker games that could result in a suspension.
According to a reliable source, “It could be (a suspension) if it turns out he did something. I know they are not too happy about it.”
As new poker allegations spin around the Yankees superstar, Major League Baseball released a report saying they are taking the investigation “very seriously.”
Any suspension would probably have to go through negotiation, which can make it hard to pursue.
Joe Girardi said before the Yankees played the White Sox in Chicago, “I don’t really have any comment on that. Let baseball handle those things.”
The report on a Radar Online alleged Rodriguez was at a poker game “where cocaine was openly used” and a fight nearly broke out when alleged host Cody Leibel refused to pay a $500,000 loss.
Rodriguez is not suspected to have used cocaine or have been engaged in some violence. The report said Rodriguez lost a “few thousand dollars.”
The league said, “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.”
Rodriguez’s alleged presence at the card games in Beverly Hills, California was reported by RadarOnline in the month of July. According to Major League Baseball, they were looking into the reports.
At the moment, Rodriguez, through his spokesperson Howard Rubinsten, denied ever playing in the illegal poker games run by jailed Ponzi schemer Brad Ruderman.
Actor Tober Maguire was prosecuted in June by a trustee for Ruderman’s defrauded investors for over $300,000 he allegedly won at the poker games.
Rodriguez was warned by Major League Baseball about gambling in underground poker clubs in 2005.
The three-time American League MVP is rehabbing in Tampa, Fla., after undergoing surgery in the previous month to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
He is scheduled to start again baseball activities Thursday and is anticipated to go back to the field in the following two weeks.