Alex Rodriguez Likely Won’t Be Punished For Illegal Poker Games
Multiple reports indicate that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez won't be suspended by Major League Baseball over his alleged involvement in illegal poker games.
This insider information reported by the New York Post and ESPN New York comes on the heels of a poker professional telling the NY Daily News on Friday that A-Rod was not at a 2009 game in a Beverly Hills home, at which cocaine use and a near-fight allegedly took place.
One source has told the New York Post:
"Even if it is determined that he was [playing illegal poker], he will not be suspended at this time for this infraction. He will be warned again and not lightly."
However, this information doesn't get A-Rod completely off the hook. MLB investigators are still looking to setup a face-to-face interview with Rodriguez in the coming weeks, most likely while he finishes rehab down in Tampa on his surgically-repaired knee.
Also, despite what this "insider" has told the Daily News and other media outlets, there is supposedly still a chance A-Rod will get suspended if it was determined that his conduct violated MLB standards concerning drug use and betting on baseball in the course of the poker games. Specifically, MLB will want to know if Rodriguez had anything to do with the alleged cocaine use at the games, or if the money amounts involved could make him more vulnerable to gamblers.