At least they were legal this time!
Alex Rodriguez was spotted playing high-stakes poker at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Pennsylvania, while in town for several rehab games with the minor league Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
Employees and fans were surprised to see the injured third baseman gambling after his latest scandal involving an underground (and illegal) poker ring alongside other notable celebrities.
Although he wasn't doing anything illegal, some felt he shouldn't be risking his image. One Pennsylvania fan said:
"If you get in trouble for playing cards, then put the cards down. Yeah it's legal but its about his image. I'll tell you what he should do. Play chess. I don't know anyone who got in trouble for that."
However, A-Rod tells a different version from the employees and patrons at the casino that night. He maintains he only dined at the casino's Ruth's Chris steakhouse and called the gambling reports "laughable".
We're sure there were PLENTY of other restaurants around town that weren't located in a casino, so we doubt it was the steak that lured him near the tables. We're also inclined to take the word of SEVERAL dozen witnesses that saw him enter the high-limit gaming room.
It's not a big deal, A-Rod! Not ALL gambling is a crime, just the kind you got caught doing a few weeks ago! LOL!
[Image via WENN.]
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