new tell-all book reports
I find it hard to believe tell-all books like the one titled Bets, Drugs and Rock & Roll - particularly when it's written by someone who's called "the father of offshore gambling."
However, those who have read parts of this new book by Steve Bodin report that the author devotes "four pages painting Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr as very active in sports betting, especially football, but never hockey."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Shelly Anderson says Bodin describes games in which Jagr was later than his Rangers teammates in taking the ice because "he was on the phone in the locker room placing $40,000 bets."
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Bodin writes that while Jagr would win or lose up to $250,000 a week, he was a poor bettor who never made money over the course of a week.
On his part, Jagr told the New York Daily News: "Probably. I was betting on the Giants back then."
Washington signed Jagr to a $77-million contract when they acquired him from Pittsburgh that ran through this season, but gave up on him three seasons later. However, the Capitals are paying $3.46 million of the salary Jagr's receiving from the Rangers. Furthermore, according to the Washington Post the deal includes an option year which is triggered if he reaches certain levels such as: (a) scores 40 regular-season goals and the Rangers win a playoff round; (b) wins the league scoring title, the Hart Trophy or the Conn Smythe Trophy; or (c) gets 84 points and New York reaches at least the second round of the playoffs.