A-Rod, MLB reps talk poker allegations

Updated: August 27, 2011, 2:18 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

BALTIMORE -- New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said he does not expect to be disciplined by Major League Baseball after being grilled for nearly two hours in a hotel room Friday afternoon about allegations that he participated in high-stakes poker games in 2009.

"I thought it went well," Rodriguez said in the Yankees clubhouse before Friday's game with the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. "They asked me all the questions, I answered them. I'll let them review it, chew on it and then come back to us. And that's it."

According to Rodriguez, two MLB investigators were present, along with a lawyer from the Major League Baseball Players Association and Rodriguez's attorney, Jay Reisinger, at the session at the team's hotel near the Inner Harbor.

In a recent article, Star Magazine said Rodriguez had engaged in high-stakes poker games in Beverly Hills in 2009. MLB had warned him about his poker playing in 2005, although it's not clear if any of the games themselves were even illegal since the house might not have taken a commission.

Rodriguez refused to divulge the nature of the questions he was asked. "What I said, I said in there," he said. "In fairness to them, I said what I had to say, I answered all their questions until they were tired, and then I'll let them come back to us. I don't know what they're going to do with the information."

Asked if he got the impression he might be in danger of being suspended, Rodriguez said, "No, no. I think they have the information and I'm assuming they'll make a report to the commissioner and that's it."

A call to MLB's offices in New York was not immediately returned.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, "I got a report that they had the meeting. If there's an issue, I'm sure I'll hear about it."

Last week in Minneapolis, Rodriguez characterized the tabloid stories by Star and Radaronline.com as "inaccurate and unfair," and when he was in Scranton two weeks ago rehabbing from knee surgery, a newspaper reported that he had been spotted gambling at a casino in Foxwoods.

"I guess that's just the world we're in," Rodriguez said when asked about the reports. "There's a moving goal post. Sometimes you just want to say uncle. All the lies, you just can't put up with that kind of stuff. You just want facts and you always want to be treated fairly and I think I have been."

Asked to specify what he believed were lies, Rodriguez said, "I think you can figure it out."

Wallace Matthews covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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