Friday, July 1, 2011
A-Rod denies illegal gambling reports Alex Rodriguez would not address reports in RadarOnline.com and Star Magazine which stated that he participated in an illegal high-stakes poker game with celebrities Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
“We’re not going to address any of that,” Rodriguez said before Friday night’s game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. “We’re just going to focus on ballgames.”
Rodriguez’s spokesman, Richard Rubenstein, denied the report to the New York Daily News.
“Mr. Rodriguez has not participated in these poker games,” Rubenstein told the Daily News.
The celeb-filled poker game came to the forefront after Maguire, the Spiderman star, “was sued by a trustee trying to recover money lost in a Ponzi scheme allegedly masterminded by a Beverly Hills hedge fund manager (named Brad Ruderman),” according to the New York Post.
Maguire won more than $300,000 in the poker games from Ruderman, Star Magazine reported.
The poker game reportedly cost $100,000 to get into.
"Initially, A-Rod came to the game and simply watched,” one source told Star. “But once he knew what it was all about, he bought into the game.”
"I'm not really going to get into any of that right now,” Rodriguez said when pressed further by reporters. “We're going to focus on good little baseball here against a great team. ... Any basketball questions? Any boxing questions?"
Major League Baseball frowns upon players gambling.
“This is the first time we have heard about this and we will look into it,” Patrick Courtney, MLB senior vice president of public relations, told RadarOnline.com
According to the Daily News, Rodriguez’s denial comes six years after he vowed to walk away from playing at illegal poker parlors in New York. In 2005, commissioner Bud Selig was “very unhappy” with Rodriguez’s gambling.