Alex Rodriguez Faces Suspension Over Gambling Allegations

Alex Rodriguez, star third baseman for the New York Yankees, could be in serious trouble with Major League Baseball if allegations of his participation in illegal, underground poker games is true.

Rodriguez is currently on the disabled list following knee surgery he underwent July 9, but is expected to return with several weeks.

Wallace Matthews for ESPN New York:

"Major League Baseball is taking "very seriously" the allegations that Alex Rodriguez took part some illegal, underground poker games, one of which reportedly turned violent, and could face suspension if his participation in the games is confirmed."

"We're talking to people involved in the investigation and we're taking this very seriously," an MLB executive who spoke to ESPNNewYork.com on condition on anonymity. "Because he had been warned about this before, I would say a possibly suspension would be very much in play."

RadarOnline published the first allegations, which details a game that took place at the Beverly Hills mansion of a record executive, during which "cocaine was openly used and a fight nearly broke out when one of the players refused to pay after losing "more than a half-million dollars."

Rodriguez, 36, has 626 career home runs and is a three-time American League MVP.

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