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Alex Rodriguez, illegal poker ring being investigated by MLB

Alex Rodriguez seems to headline media stories and scandals more often than any other superstar athlete out there. After all, Rodriguez is making upwards of $30 million to play in the most prolific city for baseball in America. However, this story doesn't involved steroids, jogging across Dallas Braden's mound, or tipping pitches to opposing hitters. This time, Major League Baseball is investigating Rodriguez's recent involvement in illegal poker games.

According to RadarOnline, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez engaged "in an underground, illegal poker game where cocaine was openly used, and even organized his own high-stakes game, which ended with thugs threatening players."

It was reported in June that Rodriguez was involved in the ring that included celebrities Tobey Maguire, Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon. The operation gained attention after Maguire was named in a lawsuit seeking to reclaim $311,200 in losses from the Spiderman star.

In July, ESPN reported that Major League Baseball began a probe into the allegations against Rodriguez. The beleaguered star refused to comment on his alleged poker playing or the investigation when questioned last month. The investigation comes six years after Rodriguez said he would quit visiting illegal poker clubs in New York.

Should Major League Baseball be involved in this? I guess the fact that he told MLB he would stop visiting illegal clubs may warrant some sort of investigation. Either way, Rodriguez looks like a rugged, macho man that plays by his own rules.