While his teammate Derek Jeter is riding high off his recent 3,000 career hits accomplishment, Alex Rodriguez may be at the center of a gambling scandal.
According to ESPN.com, the MLB is taking allegations that A.Rod took part in some illegal, underground poker games, one of which reportedly turned violent, “very seriously.” And, if his participation in the games is confirmed, he could face suspension.
A source tells the network that the league is investigating the accusations, and are talking to people allegedly involved.
RadarOnline first published the story, which placed the Yankees in, at least, two of the games, one of which took place at the Beverly Hills mansion of a record executive where “cocaine was openly used and a fight nearly broke out when one of the players refused to pay after losing “more than a half-million dollars.”
Radar cited an unnamed source, who is a player at the alleged games. The person said Rodriguez “tried to distance himself from the game,” once the violence broke out.
“He just shook his head, not knowing what the hell happened,” the source said. “He didn’t want to deal with it at all. He was like, ‘OK, whatever. It’s your game.’ I would estimate A-Rod lost, like, a few thousand dollars that night. After everything that happened, he paid up and left.”
Various reports said the games under investigation took place as far as back as 2007.
Rodriguez has not commented on the reports, nor has his rep, Richard Rubenstein. Previously, Rubenstein has denied Rodriguez’s participation in any illegal poker games.