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Thursday
Aug042011

MLB Investigating Alex Rodriguez over Illegal Poker Allegations

Jason Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Yankees superstar third baseman Alex Rodriguez is under investigation by Major League Baseball for his alleged involvement in illegal underground poker games.

One the games were reportedly held at a Beverley Hills mansion where cocaine was present and violence ensued, according to one report. The allegations, stemming from a report in Star Magazine, indicate Rodriguez tried to distance himself from the fight which broke out after one of the players lost more than a half-million dollars and tried to refuse to pay up.

Rodriguez, who is currently sidelined after undergoing surgery on his right knee, was warned by the Yankees and Commissioner Bud Selig in 2005 to avoid involvement with gambling and underground poker clubs.

"We take this very seriously and have been investigating this matter since the initial allegation," MLB said in a statement released Wednesday. "As part of the investigation, the commissioner's office will interview Mr. Rodriguez."

Rodriguez, 36, could face a suspension from baseball if the league confirms the allegations.

Richard Rubenstein, a public relations representative for Rodriguez told ABC News on Thursday, “The story contains numerous factual inaccuracies and Alex looks forward to cooperating with MLB in their investigation.”

Incidentally, the high stakes gaming ring to which A-Rod is alleged to be involved also reportedly included Hollywood celebrities like Ben Affleck and Tobey Maguire.

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