Has A-Rod Gambled His Reputation–and Lost?

If you’re a sports fan in New York—and I know this is a cliché—there’s never a dull moment. Whether it’s the exploits of the Yankees’ Jeter, how the Mets have actually played above their talent level this year, or details about Rex Ryan’s new tattoo, there’s always something to keep your eyeballs on the sports pages and glued to the high-def TV. Of course, players are always getting into trouble, and not just in New York. But I’ve been numbed to the endless DUIs, assault charges, etc. racked up by pro and college athletes. However, the latest news about Alex Rodriguez and his participation in private, high-stakes poker games (with Leo and Toby, no less) has me boiling.

What is it that A-Rod doesn’t get? He was already warned a few years ago by Major League Baseball to steer clear from such games. And in between then and now, he fessed up on his use of performance enhancing drugs. Is this latest investigation the one that takes him off the list of one of the true greats? Mike Paul, The Reputation Doctor, doesn’t think so. “I don’t think this will hurt is changes later for the Hall,” says Paul. But he does add that the Yankee brass is tired of A-Rod’s off-the-field problems, and want him to focus totally on baseball now, respect the team he plays for, and “understand he is replaceable, like every team member.”

The fact the A-Rod and his agent have been mostly silent on this matter speaks volumes. But he’s innocent until proven guilty. Paul’s advice for A-Rod? “Take a page from Derek: work harder at your profession, stay away from anything negative and you will see the fruits of your labor.  The older you get, the harder you have to work. Your long-term reputation is counting on it.”

–Scott Van Camp

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