A-Rod Faces Suspension Over Poker Games

League to interview Yankees' Rodriguez about alleged gambling
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2011 4:17 PM CDT
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez could be suspended for playing in underground poker games, says ESPN.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

(Newser) – Alex Rodriguez may have wagered more than he thought. The Yankees slugger is facing possible suspension over alleged involvement in high-stakes poker games, reports ESPN. The third baseman is accused of playing in at least two games—one at the Beverly Hills mansion of a record producer that included open cocaine use and the threat of violence when another poker player lost "more than a half-million dollars," according to a person who claims to have been in the game. (Details on that from Star, via Radar.)

"We're taking this very seriously," an MLB exec tells ESPN. "Because he had been warned about this before, I would say a possible suspension would be very much in play." MLB and the Yankees warned Rodriguez to avoid underground poker clubs previously in 2005. A league spokesman tells USA Today that Rodriguez will be summoned for an interview. The initial report by Star said celebs such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck regularly took part in the underground games.

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