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A-Rod reponds to illegal poker allegations

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez released a statementThursday through his spokesman, Richard Rubenstein, denying a reportfrom Star magazine and RadarOnline which claimed he took part in anillegal, underground poker game.

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez released a statement Thursday through his spokesman, Richard Rubenstein, denying a report from Star magazine and RadarOnline which claimed he took part in an illegal, underground poker game.

The statement from Rubenstein to the Wall Street Journal read: "The story contains numerous factual inaccuracies, and Alex looks forward to cooperating with MLB's investigation."

The accusations were first published by RadarOnline.com and claimed the New York Yankees third baseman played in at least two games, one in 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."

Major League Baseball has already started investigating allegations of Rodriguez's participation in the high-stakes poker games, which purportedly included A-list celebrities like Tobey Maguire, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Rodriguez had been warned in 2005 by the Yankees and baseball commissioner Bud Selig over concern that possible involvement with gamblers who might also bet on baseball games could result in a Pete Rose-type lifetime ban from the sport.

 
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