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Alex Rodriguez to meet with MLB about poker allegations Friday

Aug 23, 2011, 9:46 PM EDT

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Judgment day is nearly upon us. OK, not really.

Alex Rodriguez told Bryan Hoch of before tonight’s game that he will meet with MLB’s investigators Friday in Baltimore to discuss his alleged involvement in illegal high-stakes poker games.

The topic du jour will likely be the report from Star Magazine and RadarOnline earlier this month, though they will probably also ask him about his reported presence at Mohegan Sun during his rehab assignment. MLB has warned Rodriguez about his gambling habits in the past, but he is not expected to face a suspension.

Just in case you missed it earlier tonight, Rodriguez is currently day-to-day after X-rays on his left thumb came back negative.

  1. Charles Gates - Aug 23, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    If you want me to tell it straight, MLB is probably bluffing. I mean, ARod’s heart is in the game. He’s one to club the ball, and because of this, he’s flush with cash. He’ll raise his game come postseason, though his exploits are always below the fold of NY papers. At least that’s what I’ve always felt.

  2. mornelithe - Aug 24, 2011 at 4:59 AM

    I rarely ever end up on A-Rods side of the argument, but I gotta say it’s kinda stupid that the League gets involved in players lives, to such detail. Gambling on games, sure that’s bad, I understand how that’s a conflict of interest…but Poker? Are they worried the table stakes are going to be him throwing the game or something? Just doesn’t make any sense to me.

    There’s plenty to nitpick about A-rod, but I could care less if he’s playing poker, sure if drugs are involved, that’s no good (if he’s using them…which doesn’t appear to be the case here). It’s freekin cards, for crying out loud. What next? League-wide ban on Cribbage playing?

    • robertterwilliger - Aug 24, 2011 at 8:10 AM

      no cribbage? better not let pedroia and francona know!

      • mornelithe - Aug 24, 2011 at 2:11 PM

        Well, it makes about as much sense as Poker. They’re both card games, they can both be gambled on. Why not?

        Just seems like Sports League offices are attempting to control every aspect of a players personal life, and I don’t really see the need. As long as they’re behaving and not tarnishing the name of the sport or the League itself (though, I’d argue that some heads of leagues do that themselves), what’s the harm?

        A-Rod knows what’s legal, and what isn’t. If he effs up and crosses a line, definitely punitive action is deserved…I just don’t see how playing Poker amounts to that, though, to be fair, maybe there’s more to it than we’re hearing…but, it certainly doesn’t seem like it.

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