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Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:21 am
Alex RodriguezBy C. Trent Rosecrans

You know that story about the illegal poker game with cocaine, celebrities, fights and Alex Rodriguez? It's a great story, but someone at the game said it all happened -- except for the A-Rod part.

Professional poker player Dan Bilzerian -- who was at that game in Beverly Hills and was the named source in the Star Magazine story fingering A-Rod -- told the New York Daily News that Rodriguez wasn't there.

"A-Rod was not at that game," Bilzerian told the Daily News. "It's ridiculous."

He added he remembered the game in November of 2009 at Cody Leibel's house, because he was "stiffed." 

"He wasn't there, I'm telling you," Bilzerian said. "He was playing in the World Series at the time."

The 2009 World Series had three games -- Games 4, 5 and 6 -- in the month of November, with the Yankees winning the title on Nov. 4 at Yankee Stadium.

The second source in the Star Magazine report told the Daily News that he wasn't at the 2009 party, but knows a guy who had been at an "illegal house game" with Rodriguez.

"I never played with him in a home game, but I know [someone who] witnessed him at one. It was an illegal house game," the source told the newspaper, who requested anonymity and didn't "want to get A-Rod in trouble."

On Thursday, Rodriguez's publicist said there were "numerous factual inaccuracies" in Star Magazine's report. 

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Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:42 pm

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

Was he there?  Probably....Does it matter?  Absolutely not!

However, it's funny how quickly things "change" so that's suspisious...But so weren't the initial "sources."  I don't like A-rod but this whole thing seems really stupid.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:38 pm

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

evets someone already beat me to it, but i'll say it anyway again.  when your innocent you come out guns blazing on fire and sue right? 

just like How Roger Clemens came out guns blazing he must be innocent right?    

yeah thats what i thought guy

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:36 pm

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

Who cares if he was at the game? It's a freaking poker game, he's not betting on baseball games.

Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:34 pm

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

Whether or not A-rod was or wasn't at the game really isn't the issue. Under California Law home poker games are Illegal. Of course, this isn't because California is morally opposed to poker, its because anything that can't be taxed in this country is likely to be declared illegal. That, however, is a topic for another time. The primary issue is that if  A-Rod did something Illegal it is up to the local police and the District Attorney to pursue the facts and to make a determination to prosecute or not.

Who does MLB think they are and what is wrong with our justice system that allows ones employer to investigate and pass judgement on any criminal activity one of their employees may be associated with.  MLB is performing the illegal activity.

Imagine you are Alex the Janitor of Beverly Hills H.S.  You have a poker game with a friends at a mutual friends house. Some guys bring some weed and some cocaine. A good brawl breaks out. Hell, let's say the cops are called but no arrests are made. The High School Principal hears about the game and decides based upon his investigation of the events that occurred off school grounds and on Alex the Janitors personal time to fire Alex the Janitor. 

That makes sense to me. All of our activities should be subject to the approval or disapproval of our employers. Furthermore, our employers should have the right to suspend and/or termiante our employment based on their opinion of our off job behaviour. That occurring, of course, only after they invade our privacy and complete a full investigation of what we did on Saturday.      

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:29 pm

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

Dear A-Rod. just say you were there. its your right to have a hobby.

Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:19 pm

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

Wow, CBS so-called writers are now using a tabloid magazine for their stories... Can one of the writers get some information about how Elvis was abducted by aliens, and possibly get me an autographed photo? Keep up the good work CBS! Your writers are about as credible as the trash magazine that you get your stories from. What next Alex is an alien with super powers that helps with his homerun production because he can read the pitchers thoughts about what pitch is coming his way?

Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:15 pm

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

Evets, if you're innocent you kind out screaming your innocent with guns blazing right??  Just like Clemens did, right??  

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:10 pm

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

Now will the press appologize.....dont hold your breathe

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:10 pm

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

Read the stories out there about this, and I could care less because it's a minor issue unless he would have bet on baseball or did drugs. Whether he was there or not is irrelevant. But it seems like those players at the poker game are protecting him. You remember the movie Life with Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence? This story seems like the scene where the governor found out his baby was mixed and went to the prison to find out whose it was, and everyone stepped up to claim they "were that baby's daddy!" lol

Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 1:58 pm

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

You know back in the old days (3 years ago) reporters had to have a 2nd source before they could published articles  that relied on ONE anonymous source. I still hate Arod.

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