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Alex Rodriguez under investigation for illegal poker games, says report

Alex "A-Rod" Rodriguez
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Alex Rodriguez under investigation for illegal poker games, says report
Alex "A-Rod" Rodriguez
CBS/AP, file

(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez is under investigation by Major League Baseball for allegedly participating in illegal poker games, an anonymous MLB executive told ESPN.com.

The investigation stems from a report published on celebrity gossip site RadarOnline that A-Rod played in at least two underground games that took place at a record executive's Beverly Hills mansion.

According to the report, the 36-year-old Yankee slugger was at one game that involved some people openly using cocaine and a fight over one player not wanting to cough up his $500,000 in losses.

He had already received warnings about his participation in underground poker games six years ago from the Yankees' organization and Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

An anonymous source told ESPN that Selig is "fed up" with the Yankees slugger.

Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated reported Wednesday that Selig himself intends to interview Rodriguez about these latest allegations. If the investigation confirms Rodriguez's participation in the games in Beverly Hills, he could face a suspension from Major League Baseball.

This isn't the first time this season that A-Rod has drawn the scrutiny of the league. In June, Major League Baseball investigated Rodriguez's contact with a cousin who was banned from the team for his role in the player's using performance enhancing drugs back in 2003.