Source: MLB planning poker talk with Alex Rodriguez of New York Yankees – ESPN New York
CHICAGO — Major League Baseball investigators are working to arrange a date to speak with New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez about his alleged involvement in some high stakes, illegal poker games, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told ESPNNewYork.com.
“They have not spoken with Alex yet,” said the source, who is close to Rodriguez. “But both sides are working to get it done fairly soon.”
According to the source, that conversation should come “in the next couple of weeks,” probably while Rodriguez is in Tampa rehabilitating his right knee, which was operated on July 11 to repair a torn meniscus. The source said “scheduling issues on both sides” are preventing the meeting from taking place sooner.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez’s publicist, Richard Rubenstein, issued a statement saying the original story, published by the supermarket tabloid Star Magazine, of high-stakes poker, drugs and violence, “contains numerous factual inaccuracies. Alex looks forward to cooperating with Major League Baseball’s investigation.”
Asked if that meant Rodriguez had never played in any of the illegal poker games, Rubenstein said, “I’m sticking with my statement.”