This Alex Rodríguez story is just getting started. And Major League Baseball is still saying silent. For now.
While Pete Rose, the league’s all-time hits leader, stays on the sidelines with a lifetime ban for gambling, the superstar Yankee third baseman — one of the richest players in baseball history — has still not been disciplined for allegedly participating in illegal high-stakes poker games where according the reports, cocaine was used.
Now, we are NOT saying that gambling is bad (or cocaine for that matter), but it is clear that ARod is in a bit of trouble and has some (insert Ricky Ricardo accent) ‘splaining to do.
Here is what we know (taken from several reports):
- MLB had already warned ARod in 2005 that they spotted him at underground New York City poker clubs. So basically, even after a warning, ARod is still going to the poker games.
- Rodríguez supposedly organized his own high-stake games.
- Cocaine was seen in a few of the games.
- One game ended in some violent incident.
“We take this very seriously and have been investigating this matter since the initial allegation. As part of the investigation, the commissioner’s office will interview Mr. Rodriguez.”
We are fairly certain that more will come out of this, but we will say this: if MLB banned Pete Rose for betting on baseball games (an illegal activity), what will ARod get? Maybe not a lifetime suspension, but shouldn’t MLB’s “morals cause” allow MLB Commissioner Bud Selig the flexibility to at least suspend him? We aren’t taking about LEGAL GAMBLING here (which by the way would be fairly accessible for ARod and his millions). This is all about baseball’s consistent tradition in banning and suspending players who have actively engaged with bookies, criminals, drug dealers, and other unsavory characters.
If MLB does nothing to ARod (and there is always that possibility in the age of the mega untouchable superstar), then we urge Rose, family members of the 1919 Black Sox, and other suspended players to demand their being reinstated into the game.
Your move, Commissioner.