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BELLE'S AGENT CALLS CLIENT'S GAMBLING A "NON-ISSUE"

          Albert Belle's agent, Arn Tellem, said the White Sox OF
     will face no sanctions from an investigation into his
     gambling habits, according to Phil Rogers of the CHICAGO
     TRIBUNE.  Tellem: "Nothing is going to happen.  Absolutely
     nothing.  This is a non-issue."  MLBPA Associate General
     Counsel Gene Orza told Tellem that Belle "neither can be
     suspended nor placed on probation for admitting losses" up
     to $40,000 during a deposition. Indians GM John Hart said
     yesterday he was "cautioned" about Belle's gambling last
     March by MLB security.  Tellem would not confirm there was
     an investigation last spring, but said that Belle's recent
     admission "did not come as a surprise" to MLB officials
     (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/14).  MLB said that Belle was not the
     focus of any investigation but that it would look into the
     matter (USA TODAY, 2/14).  MLB Dir of PR Rich Levin: "We
     will look into this situation as we do a lot of things.  But
     no decision has been made" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/14).

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