Baseball's A-Rod problem
The level of Major League Baseball's frustration with Alex Rodriguez, on a scale of 1 to 10, is probably about a 13. In MLB's perfect world, he would go about the business of playing baseball and quietly chasing milestones; in its perfect world, MLB officials wouldn't have to be in contact with A-Rod's lawyers.
But investigators for MLB probably will have a sit-down with Rodriguez soon. Again. They have already talked with him about his steroid admission, and about his past connection with a Toronto doctor under investigation, and about his history of playing in questionable high-stakes poker games -- and now they'll have to ask him about more poker games in the aftermath of a published report.
They're sick of it. They're sick of having to deal with him. They're tired of having to ask him questions and decide, for themselves, whether he's telling them the truth.
It's unclear whether the new allegations would actually lead to Major League Baseball's rendering a suspension that would stand up. Two lawyers who work within the sport indicated that MLB would have specific concerns to investigate:
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