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Major League Baseball plans to question Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez about his alleged involvement in an illegal poker game with several Hollywood actors.
“We take this very seriously and have been investigating this matter since the initial allegation,” MLB said in a statement. “As part of the investigation, the commissioner’s office will interview Mr. Rodriguez.” A MLB executive told ESPN that Rodriguez could face possible suspension.
Rodriguez allegedly attended a Texas Hold ‘Em game at the Beverly Hills home of record executive Cody Leibel, Star magazine wrote in an article in June. Also in attendance were Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Leibel owns a label called C-Note Records.
Allegedly cocaine was being used in the open, and the game turned violent when two players refused to pay their losses of “more than a half-million dollars.” The source was allegedly another player at the game, who remains unnamed.
Rodriguez’s publicist, Richard Rubenstein, told USA Today that the article had “numerous factual inaccuracies.”
In 2005, Rodriguez was reportedly warned by the Yankees that playing illegal poker games could damage his image, according to an article in the Daily News.
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