NEW YORK (WFAN) — Yankees star Alex Rodriguez may face a suspension from Major League Baseball for participating in an “underground, illegal poker game” that featured cocaine use and “thugs threatening players,” according to RadarOnline.com.
The matter is under investigation by MLB. In addition, A-Rod will face a grilling from the commissioner’s office, reports WFAN’s Jon Heyman.
Star Magazine reported in early July that several witnesses saw A-Rod playing at one of the notorious celebrity poker tables hosted at hotels and private residences in Hollywood.
“We take this very seriously and have been investigating this matter since the initial investigation,” the league said in a statement, according to Heyman. “As part of the investigation, the commissioner’s office will interview Mr. Rodriguez.”
Richard Rubenstein, a spokesman for A-Rod, previously told The Associated Press that the slugger “has not participated” in the illegal games. RadarOnline.com reported there are former players “in the ring” that may be “willing to provide testimony to MLB investigators.”
The slugger’s name is not mentioned in any court filings in relation to the games that have ensnared such stars as Tobey Maguire.
The New York Daily News reported in 2005 that A-Rod was warned by the Yankees to avoid underground poker games after he was spotted allegedly gambling with World Series of Poker pro Phil Helmuth.
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