MLB: We’re Investigating Yankees’ Star Alex Rodriguez Over Hollywood Poker Ring (EXCLUSIVE)
Major League Baseball is looking into a convicted fraudster’s stunning confession that the oft-controversial Yankees slugger played in the same high-stakes tournaments that included celebrities Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
As Celebuzz first revealed, Bradley Ruderman — a jailed hedge fund manager who embezzled $25 million of his clients’ money and used $5.2 million of it to pay off gambling debts — used a deposition at a prison in Taft, Calif., on Thursday to admit that he played against Rodriquez, 36.
“Like all situations, when we receive new information we investigate,” MLB spokesman Pat Courtney told Celebuzz.
Last year, MLB investigators grilled Rodriguez — but did not punish him — when claims surfaced that A-Rod played in the private games.
Initially, the star’s spokesman, Richard Rubenstein, denied that the Yankee played in any of the games connected to the crooked Ponzi mastermind, who used his clients’ millions to pay off players including Maguire and The Notebook director Nick Cassavetes.
“Mr. Rodriguez has not participated in these poker games,” Rubenstein said.
However, multiple eyewitnesses at the game confirmed that Rodriguez was involved, albeit his participation was limited.
When confronted with specific evidence about the games he played in, Rubenstein, at the time, refused to comment further beyond saying: “I am not prepared to comment any further about alleged sightings.”
He has not yet responded to Ruderman’s confession.
Speaking exclusively to Celebuzz, high-profile Hollywood lawyer Ronald Richards, who was at the jailhouse deposition, confirmed the fraudster “testified and confirmed for the first time under oath that Alex Rodriquez played in one of the games.”
“He (Ruderman) acknowledged that was the one who brought him into the game and that he played with A-Rod,” Richard said.