Report: MLB investigating A-Rod for poker game

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Via Wally Matthews, MLB is conducting an investigation into Alex Rodriguez‘s alleged participation in an illegal, high-stakes poker game. “We’re talking to people involved in the investigation and we’re taking this very seriously,” said an MLB exec. “Because he had been warned about this before, I would say a possible suspension would be very much in play.” The commissioner’s office will interview Alex as part of the investigation.

I get that MLB is cracking down because they have warned Alex once before about this stuff, though I’m not sure if they’ll actually be able to suspend him. The union and its many lawyers will have his back, and frankly MLB has set a precedent by ignoring all those DUI’s earlier this year. They won’t suspend a player for potentially killing someone by driving drunk, but they’re considering suspending A-Rod for playing cards? Get real. Fine him and move on.

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  • Kevin G.

    Selig should go back to trying to add more playoff teams and leave A-Rod alone.

    • Jericho Spade

      But he is the biggest villain in the world!

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
  • bexarama

    Can’t read my, can’t read my, no he can’t read my poker face.

  • bonestock94

    Wow, pro athletes gamble!?

  • Jerome S.

    I agree with the commissioner’s office.

    On that note, what’s with these women showing they’re ankles so freely? What is this, Tamany Hall?

    • 28 this year


  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder (safe)

    Fun Fact: Mark Walhberg was originally slated to co-star in Ocean’s Eleven, until he backed out and his role was given to Matt Damon.

    He backed out to “star” in Planet of the Apes.


    • Matt Imbrogno

      Oh god. Wahlberg would’ve been AWWWWWWWFUL in that role.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        “I’m stealing this money for me, okay? Not you, not you, not you, and not you!”

        • Downs

          +1 this just made me piss my pants

    • Will (the other one)

      Come to our projects ’bout four in the morning
      So I can tell you what be goin’ on there
      One block gunshots some hot stuff
      Sell it to you for a buck, boy, that ain’t enough!

    • pete

      Matt Damon >>>>>> Mark Walhberg

    • john

      i actually watched planet of the apes last night (2001) and i actually thought it wasnt bad. not great but okay.but the ending…. umm

  • RIP Irabu

    Excuse my french, but who the fuck really cares, its his money so why does Selig have to cum in his pants over it?

    • Mister Delaware

      Just to be clear: Whose pants?

    • pete

      alright i’m a pretty liberal guy about most things, but especially censorship, but dude…ew

  • Reggie C.

    Supposedly, actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck attended that poker game. Just yesterday, video of Damon’s defense of teachers and public bashing of the Tea party made head waves across the intertubes. This smacks of a smear job against Damon. Jmco.

    • OldYanksFan

      “According to the baseball executive, MLB has yet to positively determine that Rodriguez took part in the games, which reportedly included actors Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.”

      Yup… ARod hanging out with some pretty serious criminals.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Tobey Maguire may or may not have killed some people.

      • CBean

        Worse, he’s hanging out with Red Sox fans.

    • JackC

      Yeah, I had that thought, too.

    • NYinTX

      A smear job against Damon by what you’re assuming to be right-wing media? YGBSM.

      FWIW, the video was produced by Reason, a libertarian publication and foundation, and just showed the overall stupidity by many, including Damon, at the rally. His ignorance about the motivations, salaries, and benefits of teachers is astounding.

      • someone who knows something.

        My daughter is an elementary school teacher. She has a Master’s degree and speaks both English and Spanish fluently (no we are not Latino; she is self-taught). She makes $39K per year and pays $650 per month for health care benefits for her and her husband. She spent about $1.5K last year out of pocket (unreimbursed) for classroom supplies, printing, etc. because of cutbacks in the school budget. She also spends about 20 hours per week outside the classroom on preparation work. Oh, yes, that 2 months of summer vacation– it’s great, but 2 weeks of that went to professional development, and other week preparing for and taking certification exams.

        Please tell me all the facts you know about teacher salaries and benefits.

        • JackC

          This exponentially.

        • NYinTX

          I can’t speak about you’re daughter personally, but here you go.

          Note that the statistics are from the DoE and BLS. You’re daughter may be an outlier in her field but the fact is that teachers, as a whole, are fairly well compensated. This is not an attack on teachers, they have an incredibly difficult job, but to suggest that they are grossly underpaid is not completely true.

          Furthermore, education budgets have grown incredible amounts in the past 30 – 40 years yet teacher’s raises haven’t kept pace. Why is that? Because administration now hogs a larger percentage than it should.

          I’m all in favor of performance pay for teachers and in a sensible world if your daughter was outstanding at her job, she would get paid a much higher salary than those who are just there to collect a check, but entrenched interests won’t necessarily allow that to happen.

          Additionally, a little professional advice. Your daughter is allowed to deduct up to $250 on the front of her Form 1040 for educator expenses. If she itemizes instead of taking the standard deduction, she could also claim the excess over $250 to unreimbursed employee expenses on Schedule A.

        • YanksFan

          Depends on where you live. Also depends on how old she is.

          NYC for example, the avg. salary is approx. $44,000 for all residents of all ages. Meanwhile, a NYC teacher is at $50,000 after 5 years & is nearly impossible to lose their job. This on top of them having their summers off for 2 months along w/ all the holidays, spring break, winter break. They work 181 days a year while the avg. person has to work 230.

          Did I also mention that they pay less for their insurance than the avg. person. On yeah, teachers get a much better pension than the avg. person, esp. since the average person does not get one.

          Also, w/ summers off they can get a job in summer camp. If they have a kid or more the kids get to go for free. Which is $5,000/kid for day camp.

      • ben

        Yeah, and he made the Reason reporter look like a twit. They posted it because they knew they’d get a ton of attention and plenty of fools wouldn’t get the point and subscribe to their crappy site.

        • NYinTX

          She was terrible, but she’s an intern so you get what you pay for. The rest of the Reason staff is top-notch and continually expose bad actors (not actors in the Hollywood sense), private and public, left and right.

          That being said, I’m so glad that you took the time to so clearly expand your point with meaningful analysis.

  • MattG

    Let’s get this out of the way: the idea is that if a professional athlete gambles, he threatens the integrity of his sport because gambling debt makes you a target for tarnishing sporting events.

    With what he’s worth, A-Rod couldn’t lose that kind of money.

    But still, it’s incredibly bad judgment for a professional athlete to be involved in high-stakes gambling. Do you realize what sort of people could get their hooks into Rodriguez? Drunk driving is an infinitely more heinous offense, but of these two, gambling has the potential to harm baseball more.

    • Jerome S.

      Nah. I think that the stigma attached to gambling is archaic and pointless; it’s a sin in the eyes of the lord, not an affront to society. I mean, A-Rod can’t throw away money in a poker game, but every day my friends dad walks down to Wall Street and gambles other people’s money? Please.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Yeah, I’d be much more worried about Joe Jackson and Happy Felch associating with gamblers back the post WWI days (when everyone was making peanuts and had to work odd jobs during the offseason) than Alex Rodriguez or other modern athletes with their half-a-million dollar minimum guaranteed salaries.

      Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan probably lost the GDP of all of sub-saharan Africa while gambling on EVERYTHING during their playing days; it didn’t spill over to actual basketball games in any way I’m aware of.

      • MattG

        Right. So long as he’s not gambling with Meyer Wolfsheim, this is a non-story.

        But I am not at all surprised by MLB’s reaction. The perception of impropriety is serious shit.

        • JackC

          I think the thrust is though, that he’s gambled with a pretty unsavory guy whose money was not really his to lose. A Ponzi scheme artist, apparently. Toby Maguire is being sued for 300,00 K in his winnings from this guy by the victims. So if in fact MLB had warned him to stay away from this guy, and in fact he ignored MLB, I think it’s a suspendable offense. It’s also incidentally a real litmus test on character I would simultaneously argue and not care so much about.

          Still, I respect anyone who makes a Meyer Wolfsheim reference. Thank you for that.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Yeah, I still don’t care.

            • JackC

              Fair enough. I think, unless more info comes to light one way or another, this may fall into the category of something with which reasonable people may differ. Unfortunately for the Yanks, I think there’s little doubt which camp Selig belongs in to (not that this in the least burnishes my side of things).

              • JackC

                I should have obviously picked one preposition at the end of that last sentence and stuck with it.

          • The Fallen Phoenix

            I’ve played more than my fair share of poker games against people I don’t like, simply because friends of mine invited them to the table.

            I would imagine the pool for high-stakes poker – the sort A-Rod is alleged to have played – is probably even more shallow than the pool I participated in, say, college.

            Furthermore, A-Rod has always struck me as a pretty cerebral guy, in addition to being incredibly competitive. When you combine that with the amount of money he has (i.e., enough to last him several lifetimes), and it doesn’t strike me at all odd that he might get a particular thrill out of playing high-stakes poker games. And I’d also wager that same thrill probably wouldn’t come from, say, betting on baseball games, which tests an entirely different set of skills than poker does.

  • Skip

    My beef with this crap piece by Wally:

    1. He was in a house game that collected no fees to enter. Not illegal, it’s just a house game like you and I would play, except instead of Benny, Matty and Leonard from down the street, he plays with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Leo DiCaprio. Again, unless specifically found to be an illegal poker ring, this is a non-story. Maybe ARod did play those types of things back in 2005, but he was warned and now plays with his buddies. Whatever.

    2. The mention of “cocaine.” This is just an unethical piece of journalism. He’s purposely trying to associate ARod with cocaine without implicitly saying so. I’ve been to places where I am stone cold sober and people around me are smoking joints, drinking whiskey that was smuggled in and fights breaking out. Does that make me a bad person? No, absolutely not. And you know where this was? Yankee Stadium. Dude a couple of rows from me was drinking his Jack Daniels from a pint and got drunk and into a fight. Whatever.

    3. I agree – this is utterly unacceptable for someone to get a DUI and not have any punishment except for a public apology, while ARod is getting investigated for a possible suspension because of drinking beer and having a good time with his buddies.

    4. He did not gamble on baseball, he did not bet on outcomes of games. He bet on poker. Just because he plays poker the person he’s with also might be a gambler and thus might fix games? I don’t see the connection there, just very strawman.

    I’ve been raging at how utterly ridiculous this has been all afternoon. I can’t wait for the actual game to start.

    • Kiersten

      he plays with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Leo DiCaprio

      Oh, how I would love to be at that poker table…

      • Sarah


      • pete

        I’m amazed it took this long for anyone to mention the collective studliness of that poker table.

      • Rainbow Connection

        AT the table or BE the table?

  • mac1

    They have to do something to punish A-Rod – I’d give him a $5,000 fine but allow him one cut of a deck of cards to go double or nothing.

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    You’ve gotta be kidding me. I’m actually not someone who tends to get too worked up about this sort of thing, but (as Mike mentioned) considering MLB’s treatment of other off-the-field issues, this is ludicrous speed.

    Perhaps there’s a silver lining here… Maybe this will be the last straw, the thing that really gets it through everyone’s skulls that entirely too much attention is paid to this guy’s personal life. I can’t imagine too many people don’t see this as unnecessary and tedious.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Not only has ARod murdered baseball history, now he’s also murdered poker history. And Phil Hellmuth, he’s murdered that guy also.

      Jayson Stark

  • CMP

    As long as he comes back and hits some homers, I don’t care if ARod puts on a dress and turns tricks on Hollywood Blvd.

    • Jerome S.

      He’s gonna have to. Ben Affleck wants his money, and he’s gonna get it, one way or another.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Security Guard: Sorry to interrupt, sirs, but we’ve got a 10-07 on our hands.
        Damon: Jesus, Ben, again?
        Affleck: No, bullshit, ’cause I wasn’t WITH a hooker today, ha-HA!

        • Matt Imbrogno

          Beat me to it; nicely done.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder


            • Pastadivingarod

              I thought a 10 18 was taking a dead hooker out of Ben Afflacks trailer?

              No thats a 10 07.

  • Stevis

    pretty unbelievable…why don’t they (MLB) let us know about the other 100 plus players that tested positive the same year as A-Rod,
    or maybe make more of a deal over fatboy in Boston and his alleged steroid use…amazing he gets a free pass (Ortiz)
    I think Alex will walk around with a bulls eye on his back no matter what

    • Preston

      The double standard is and always has been that Alex is historically great. Big Papi is a good player maybe he gets some hall votes. Alex could have retired after 2001 and been considered one of the best SS of all time. And by the end of his career he’ll probably have compiled enough numbers that his Yankee career alone would make him one of the best 3B of all time. He’s Barry Bonds all over again. He’s great and people don’t like his personality so they’ll tear him down whenever they’re given the chance.

    • I Voted 4 Kodos

      Well, Ortiz is still trying to figure out how he failed the test. He’s hired the same PI’s that OJ hired to find the real killer.

  • Dino Velvet

    They play cards in the locker room every fucking day.

    How is what ARod doing different?

  • David, Jr.

    This is a nice little smear job:

    “According to the baseball executive, MLB has yet to positively determine that Rodriguez took part in the games” – Then why are you writing this crap, Wally?

    “illegal high-stakes poker games” – Not illegal at all, Wally, unless the organizers of the games are taking a cut, rather than the participants merely playing with their own money. Do you even know that, Wally?

  • Andy

    This is such a fucking joke. And I love that people say “he brings it on himself.” That’s bullshit. The media and general public is obsessed with vilifying Alex for reasons I’ll never understand.

  • nathan

    I hate Wally… there is not a single hit piece (abt Yanks) that he will pass up.

    I am totally convinced that ARod is out of his mind and is a moron. His associations, his off and on the field behavior are sometimes unprofessional. I don’t care about him smooching Diaz, running around with Madonna, taking a sunbath shirtless or those shenanigans I am just worried about why an athlete of his stature, talent and earning needs to violate baseball’s unwritten rule. He has been warned already, its his fault if he did commit this. If they suspend him 10 games I totally understand that. That he can hit the ball 400 ft and earn a few wins for Yanks should not cloud what he actually has done here.

    • David, Jr.

      Is there a rule? If he goes to Vegas, sits at a blackjack table and gambles, is he breaking a rule? I am talking written rule. I don’t know.

      • nathan

        I do not profess to know all of MLB’s rules. I do expect that MLB has some rules that cover illegal gambling. Now, I am in no way sure if he did anything illegal. I am just frustrated he puts himself in these positions to be judged and going by his track record its tough to give him the benefit of the doubt.

        • pete

          I don’t agree that he “put himself” in this situation. He was playing poker with some friends. Among those friends – Matt Damon, Ben Afleck, Leo DiCaprio, and Tobey Maguire; not exactly a shady crowd.

          • David, Jr.

            What is going to do with them? Go to the library? Go bowling?

    • jay h

      what unwritten rule is he breaking now?

      • JackC

        After losing a hand, he apparently rolled across the table. Simply not done.

    • Dino Velvet

      What associations?

      • nathan

        Yuri Sucart

    • Kiersten

      Ben Affleck to A-Rod: Stay off my poker table!

  • Winston Smith

    Aren’t there admitted cocaine users on the Texas Rangers that are still playing and are praised as the good guys? A-Rod just went to a poker game. There’s no proof he did anything, he was just there. This is a hit job.

    • Winston Smith

      And there was violence at the poker game! Suspendable offense! There’s violence on the field whenever there’s a bench clearing brawl and MLB condones these actions as part of the game.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        There was violence at the poker game (that he didn’t participate in) and there was cocaine at the poker game (that he didn’t touch) and there was known criminals at the poker game (that he didn’t commit a crime with).

        Let’s suspend him for a month, just to be safe.

        • Winston Smith

          I know. And you can make these allegations about anyone. It’s a hit job and it was only written because it’s A-Rod.

  • Mike HC

    Classic ARod.

  • ItsATarp

    Why hasn’t banned that Ruth fella yet as well. I swore I saw him in a speak easy during prohibition.

  • Xstar7

    Everyone say it with me,

    Wallace. Matthews. is. full. of. shit.

  • Gonzo

    Are they going to ban gambling on the team flights now too? WTF is going on here?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    What are they going to do next? Ban those NY Lottery commercials?

  • bobmac

    What a joke.If they suspend Arod I’m cancelling my MLB tv package.Money is the only thing they can relate to.

  • jay h

    i think the best part is that matthews got this comes from a gossip site

    • David, Jr.

      TMZ. Pretty soon Bud will be combing through the National Enquirer to see if anybody is banging the neighbor’s wife.

  • Pastadivingarod

    new river ave t-shirts

    • Xstar7

      Hahahaha, ohhhhh….

  • Dino Velvet

    How did Josh Hamilton get away with getting shit faced

    • David, Jr.

      And his manager is a cokehead.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Fuck you Bud Selig you good for nothing POS.

  • rac

    They can play during rain delays though. hehehehe

  • Kiersten

    Can we please focus on the real issue here:

    Why is A-Rod playing poker with two high-profile Red Sox Fans???

    • SDM

      thats the real story, fine him 100 grand for that blasphemy

      He’s a yankee you don’t fraternize with the enemy even if its Jason Bourne, Spiderman, and Jennifer Lopez’ ex.

    • tom

      Plus I thought Arod was a Republican, while Ben/Matt/Leo are hard-core Dems. It’s an odd coupling from many angles.

  • Jedile

    This is all a plot by the Red Sox, cause they know once arod comes back the Yanks’ lineup will be super! They are skerd, so skerd they go kry to their momma, SKERDY KAT RED SAWX FANS. so skerd. fraddy kats! skerd

  • Rainbow Connection

    If anyone should be suspended, it’s John Hamilton for killing that man.

  • Alex

    Ron Washington does cocain and doesn’t get suspended and A-rod might get suspended for this?

  • Alex

    Ron Washington does coke and doesn’t get suspended and A-rod might get suspended for this?

  • Jamey

    Wallace Matthews attended college where cocaine parties took place all the time. I think ESPN should suspend him until this matter is cleared up.

  • alex

    Ron Washington did cocain and doesn’t get suspended and A-Rod might for this? I just don’t get it.

  • SDM

    The MLB

    “Our players are allowed to drink and drive without consequence but don’t you dare play a game of poker with friends”

    Also These men (Arod and his poker pals) make tens of millions of dollars a year playing with a few thousand bucks is not “high stakes” to them any more than me playing for ten dollars

  • Pat D

    I just don’t understand why they have such a hard on for ARod. It’s really getting pathetic, they’re just desperate to bust him for something.

    Why? Because he admitted he used ‘roids? Doesn’t that make him the better person than, say, Ortiz?

  • alex

    sorry for all the same posts, the comments weren’t going through and then went all at once.

  • JohnnyC

    Bud Selig apoproving the sale of the Dodgers to McCourt with almost no cash and all borrowed money was real high stakes gambling.

  • Kevin

    K-Rod beat his ex-girlfriend’s father up right in front of other families including small children and was only suspended two games.
    MIguel Caberra has been arrested for drunk driving, telling a group of patrons he wanted to shoot them and got into a drunken fight with his wife and got no suspensions.
    Yet A-Rod plays a game of cards and he’s being threatned with suspension? Give me a break?!

  • EndlessMikeJr

    With the gambling and the Canadian HGH Doctor maybe the Yankees can find a way to void most of A-Rod contract.

  • YanksFan

    LaGrecca was killing him today & I wanted to tell him to STFU. It was unbelievable. Maybe A-Rod should place himself under house arrest. Go from his house to the stadium and back home. That would be the only way the media will be happy.

    Then again, they may just say he’s avoiding the media & bash him for it.

    • Troll Killer

      Reasons I do not listen to sports talk radio.

  • Midland TX

    I tried to think up a centaur/horseracing joke but I gotta go to bed. Feel free to tag in.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    lol. Why does stuff like this NEVER happen to other players? It’s like the MSM just waits until something happens to A-Rod. Manny was tested positive for several times and was that a big deal? No, at least not as big as A-Rod playing cards. Ortiz admitted that he took roids and nobody ever talked about that afterwards.

    btw: MLB is considering a suspension because he played cards? Why does the MLB care about something that has absolutely nothing to do with baseball? Did they suspend K-Rod because he beat his father in law? No, because he’s not A-Rod. Why didn’t they suspend A-Rod for eating popcorn at the Super Bowl? Isn’t that worse than taking roids?