Alex Rodriguez has once again found himself in the center of a scandal, and this time it has nothing to do with steroid use or adultery.
The third baseman of the New York Yankees has been suspected of taking part in illegal, underground poker games where cocaine was present and where violent confrontations took place.
According to the always accurate and reliable Star magazine and RadarOnline.com (I hope you sensed my sarcasm), Rodriguez, along with A-list actors Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Tobey Maguire, participated in these illegal games.
Despite allegations made by multiple sources, Rodriguez faces no penalties for his actions at the moment. However, the MLB is not taking this situation lightly.
According to ESPNNewYork.com, an MLB executive said, "We're talking to people involved in the investigation and we're taking this very seriously. Because he had been warned about this before, I would say a possible suspension would be very much in play."
Because the Yankees and baseball commissioner Bud Selig warned A-Rod to refrain from participating in these underground poker games in 2005, the MLB has reason to suspect that all of these rumors may be true.
So, if the allegations are true, should A-Rod be suspended for his actions? The last thing I want to see is a Yankees player get suspended because of a charge unrelated to baseball. However, I would have to say yes, he does deserve to be suspended.
Should A-Rod get suspended for gambling?
As I have previously stated, this is not the first time A-Rod has drawn attention to himself. Time after time A-Rod has landed on the front page of magazines and newspapers due to his behavior off the field.
If this rumor turns out to be true, how does this look for MLB and for the Yankees? Is it fair that their reputation as a franchise and team is tainted because of their player's careless and selfish actions?
Not only that, but look at the circumstances if this all turns out to be true. A-Rod was in a room where cocaine—an illegal, highly addictive and deadly drug—was present. How well does that look for Rodriguez and his team?
Baseball players should possess the qualities of loyalty and integrity on and off the field. They should be a person young children can look up to, aspiring baseball players can idolize and who fans can trust.
What message is A-Rod sending to everyone who looks up to him? That it is okay to cheat and take drugs such as steroids to advance in a career? Or, that it is okay to cheat on your wife and participate in illegal poker games?
A-Rod is a great baseball player who may even surpass Barry Bonds on the all-time home run list, and who will most likely enter the Hall of Fame. At the rate he is going, does he deserve any of these prestigious titles?
Maybe the only way for A-Rod to stay out of the spotlight and to quit his attention-seeking ways is to get suspended from baseball so that he has time to reflect on his actions. A-Rod deserves to suffer the consequences of his actions. Then he can turn his reputation around and prove that he is a loyal and genuine baseball player full of integrity—the player we saw toward the beginning of his baseball career.