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BELLE'S AGENT CALLS CLIENT'S GAMBLING A "NON-ISSUE"
Published February 14, 1997
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).