By no means am I an A-Rod fan and I’m not trying to defend his actions, but I have a few problems with this: 1) Why would they do nothing to players who have been in trouble for DUIs (Derek Lowe, Shin-Soo Choo, among others) but try to throw the book at A-Rod? 2) If this happened to a “likeable” player such as Ichiro, David Ortiz, or even Derek Jeter would it even be news? 3) The MLB executive quoted in the story spoke on the condition of anonymity; if you’re going to blow spots up be a man about it and attach your name.
We’re talking to people involved in the investigation and we’re taking this very seriously. Because he had been warned about this before, I would say a possible suspension would be very much in play.
The article says that cocaine was openly used at the games — which were held at a record executive’s Beverly Hills mansion — and a fight nearly broke out at some of them. Who cares? If A-Rod wasn’t sniffing, and if he had been he would’ve been caught by MLB’s drug testing policy, this shouldn’t be an issue.
As for the fight thing, the guy who is dropping the proverbial dime on this situation said A-Rod distanced himself when the fisticuffs broke out. But MLB won’t give him credit for that, why would they?
OK, A-Rod was warned about partaking in poker games in 2005 by the Yanks and Bud Selig, but these new allegations are from games that supposedly took place in 2007. Isn’t there a statute of limitations or something? If he hasn’t been playing in these types of games for four years this, again, should be a non-issue. If they were to punish him back in 2007 that would be one thing, but this is ridiculous.
To be honest I’m more upset that A-Rod was playing poker with Red Sox fans (Ben Affleck, among others) than the fact that he was actually playing in illegal poker games.
This seems like Wally Matthews trying to stir shit up once again at the expense of Alex Rodriguez. Mainly because Wally then goes on to bring up the Dr. Anthony Galea thing and the Yuri Sucart saga, which are irrelevant in this matter. It’s also interesting that this story is surfacing a few weeks before A-Rod is set to return to the team.
Another gem nuzzled away at the bottom of the article is that Wally says MLB “has yet to positively determine that Rodriguez took part in the games…”. Are you kidding me? You slam the guy for a whole article and then throw in that little tid-bit, very bush league in my opinion.
Furthermore, I wouldn’t be surprised if the anonymous MLB exec is Joe Torre trying to take A-Rod down a few pegs. I’m kidding about that, but not really.