MINNEAPOLIS -- Alex Rodriguez called tabloid reports of his alleged participation in high-stakes underground poker games "unfair and inaccurate,'' and said he looked forward to meeting with Major League Baseball officials to discuss the allegations.
Rodriguez, who rejoined the New York Yankees on Thursday after six weeks on the disabled list following surgery on his right knee, refused to discuss the allegations in detail except to say that he had yet to speak with commissioner Bud Selig regarding allegations in Star Magazine that he had engaged in illegal poker games in Beverly Hills in 2009.
"The only thing I have to say about that is it was extremely inaccurate and unfair,'' Rodriguez said. "I look forward to meeting with them as soon as possible and putting this behind me."
Rodriguez also offered a brief comment about the scandal involving football players from the University of Miami, of which he is a member of the Board of Trustees.
"I'm just very sad about the whole thing,'' he said, adding he had never had any contact with ex-booster Nevin Shapiro, who claims to have plied members of the Hurricanes with cash, gifts and prostitutes.
"It's just very sad,'' he said. "Very sad, and very depressing."
Wallace Matthews covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com.