Thursday, November 03, 2005

A-Rod Warned about Playing Poker

I don't know what you guys think on this but I mean cmon Selig get a grip. I'm not a big fan of A-rods at all and thats partly because he wears the yankee pinstripes and he comes off as an arrogant s.o.b. I really don't care whether or not professional athletes are playing poker in clubs, or wherever they have to go to find a game. I mean if the guy wants to play poker he's gonna find a game and go play. Does it really hurt baseball in any way that A-Rod is out playing poker. If Selig is worried about the reputation factor this has on baseball and the effects it will have on people who consider A-rod a role model don't you think these kids are already watching poker on television since you can pretty much find a tournament or a show on poker on television every night. Selig, I think you have other things to worry about than A-Rod playing goddamn poker in some high class club. Selig why don't you figure out a way to stop steroids getting into baseball because you just saw your 12th player test positive (Matt Lawton) and who knows how many have slipped through the cracks already, you're a loser Selig and get a grip on your own job. Wow that was a little bit of a rant but here is the article for you guys to read. Enjoy!

"Woo hoo, we're out of the playoffs (again) now i can play some poker
without getting hastled by that meathead Selig"

"Why does this guy keep going on and on about Steroids, i mean poker is the
problem here. Shut the Hell up Selig, Get a Grip!"

Report: A-Rod warned about playing poker
Selig 'very unhappy' Yankee star betting in illegal clubs, newspaper says

It was reported early last month in the New York Daily News that Alex Rodriguez had attended some poker games at an underground club with professional poker player Phil Hellmuth.

NEW YORK - Alex Rodriguez was cautioned by the New York Yankees that playing poker in illegal clubs could be dangerous and harmful to his image, according to a newspaper report.

On Oct. 2, the Daily News reported the star slugger had attended games at an underground club with professional card player Phil Hellmuth.

Scott Boras, the third baseman’s agent, denied that the Yankees had warned his client.

“The Yankees have never addressed or spoken with me in regard to any off-field activities regarding Alex Rodriguez. And the Yankees have never spoken to Alex regarding any of his off-field activities,” Boras was quoted as saying in a story published Wednesday.

Playing at such clubs is not illegal, though it can be against the law to operate them, the Daily News reported.

Rodriguez was not punished or ordered to stay out of the clubs, but commissioner Bud Selig was "keeping an eye" on A-Rod and would step in "if necessary," the Daily News said.

"There's nothing he's doing that violates the morals clause," one baseball lawyer told the newspaper. "Mostly it's just stupid. Why put himself in a position like that? Why doesn't he go play in an apartment somewhere?"

Sources told the Daily News that Selig is "very unhappy" about the message that A-Rod might be sending to kids, with him playing poker in illegal clubs.

"Kids look up to (Rodriguez)," a source told the newspaper. "It isn't good for anybody."

The Daily News said that MLB officials are concerned that one of their top stars is possibly associated with an illegal gambling operation and hanging out with gamblers, who could be betting on baseball games, something that could get Rodriguez banned from baseball should he do the same.

These clubs also are often raided by New York City policemen and even gunmen, the Daily News said.

"What in the world is he thinking?" a high-ranking MLB official told the Daily News. "He can do what he wants in the off-season and he isn't breaking the law — we checked — but why do it?"

Gambling has been a sore spot for baseball ever since the Black Sox scandal in 1919, when several Chicago White Sox players admitted they deliberately lost the World Series over a gamble.

Legends Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays were banned for two years when they accepted public relations jobs with casinos in 1983, and Pete Rose has been banned since 1989 and later admitted betting on baseball games while managing the Cincinnati Reds.

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