A pro gambler who was at a now infamous high-stakes, celebrity-filled poker game says Alex Rodriguez was not there, despite what Star magazine claims.Dan Bilzerian was the person quoted by name in the story published earlier this week, claiming that A-Rod was a participant in a private poker game that featured open cocaine use and a brawl when the host refused to pay his losses.
ESPN also reported that the claims were being investigated by MLB and if true, could earn the slugger a suspension.
The story – as it appeared on RadarOnline – implies that Bilzerian is the one who ratted out Rodriguez for being at the illegal game, but in an interview with the New York Daily News, Bilzerian now denies that version of the story.
He says the illegal game did take place (and he was the one who got stiffed by record executive Cody Leibel), but A-Rod could not have been there because the game was played during the 2009 World Series. The one that the New York Yankees won with A-Rod in the lineup.
Bilzerian claims that Star’s version of the tale is “ridiculous.” They did not directly quote Bilzerian saying that Alex was there, but the magazine tied the two ideas together using a second, anonymous source.
That doesn’t mean that Rodriguez couldn’t have participated in other poker games (against the advice of baseball commissioner Bud Selig), but the task of proving that obviously got a lot harder.
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