A-Rod Afoul of Gambling Laws?

By Walter Armstrong 08/05/11

The Yankees slugger—who can't seem to stop gambling—will be grilled about illegal million-dollar poker games with Hollywood hunks.

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Yankees third-base man Alex Rodriguez will be in the hot seat for the third time in his career as he testifies in a Major League Baseball investigation of gambling allegations. He's not accused of betting on baseball, but the charges, arising from stories in Star magazine, are serious—or at least sensational. The tabloid reported in June that A-Rod played illegal high-stakes poker games in Hollywood with Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon—one of which almost led to fisticuffs when a player refused to pony up his evening's losses of nearly $500,000. Rumors that he can't get enough gambling have dogged Rodriguez for years. He originally denied the Star accusations, then demurred as further details emerged. If he admits to the underground poker playing, he could face a suspension. No criminal investigation appears to be on deck. A-Rod’s previous grilling concerned revelations that he regularly used performance-enhancing drugs. A-Rod fessed up to officials that he had used steroid early in his career but denied that his doctor—famed for his human growth hormone cure-alls—had shot him up with HGH.

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Walter Armstrong is the Medical Editor at  Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness and the former deputy editor of The Fix. You can find him on Linkedin.