Picture this, you and your friends decide to get together and have a series of poker games. You're all pretty well to do in your own right so the games are high stakes. One of your friends invites some guy that's been bilking investors in a ponzi scheme so the feds are watching him. The game gets busted (when you're not there) and some anonymous snitch tells the police you are one of the regulars. Everybody in the world finds out and your suddenly facing suspension from your employer. This is what happened to Alex Rodriguez.
I'm not condoning illegal activity of any sort, but on a scale of 1-10 playing poker with your friends rates a 1. Sure the games weren't sanctioned and I'm sure they didn't report their winnings on their tax returns, but this so called crime endangers no one.
The commissioner of baseball doesn't share my sentiment. Alex Rodriguez had been warned previously to stay away from these type of activities to protect the integrity of the game. Baseball has a long history with gambling scandals and the league is hyper sensitive to the subject. Bud Selig is angry that Alex Rodriguez disobeyed a direct order so some type of punishment will be laid down after the investigation is over. The league has to make an example of A-Rod.
It's hard to imagine that someone making $32,000,000 this season would disregard a warning coming straight from the commissioner's mouth, but Alex Rodriguez has never been known for his humility or respect for arbitrary rules. Alex Rodriguez is an arrogant man that thinks the rules don't apply to him.
In his mind money and supreme talent are all that matters. Most of the time that's true, but when you cross over into the realm of drugs and gambling (Alex has done both) major league baseball pays special attention. It's just funny that the got caught in such a ridiculous manner. Nevertheless A-Rod will be suspended and that's all there is to it. Think he's learned his lesson?