Sunday, February 15, 2009

A-Rod Says Sorry......Again

Believe me, I wish this would just all go away but as the news keeps coming out I gotta to keep reporting it.
From the Bergen Record
Alex Rodriguez has called Sports Illustrated’s Selena Roberts to apologize for critical comments he made during an ESPN interview.  
Roberts was co-author of the Feb. 7 article on SI’s Web site that reported he was on a list of 104 players who tested positive for steroids during baseball’s anonymous 2003 survey. Rodriguez told ESPN two days later that he had used banned substances from 2001-3 while playing for Texas.  
“I know this lady from Sports Illustrated, Selena Roberts, is trying to throw things out there that in high school I tried steroids. I mean, that’s the biggest bunch of baloney I’ve ever heard in my life,” he told ESPN, adding that “this lady is coming out with all these allegations, all these lies.”  
Roberts said today that Rodriguez called her last Wednesday. She didn’t want to comment on the call until Rodriguez holds a news conference after arriving at spring training Tuesday.  
She is writing a book “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez,” due for publication by HarperCollins on April 14.
Gammens should have stopped A-Rod mid-rant.
Here is what A-Rod actually said about Roberts: 
Selena Roberts, is trying to throw things out there that in high school I tried steroids. 
I mean, that's the biggest bunch of baloney I've ever heard in my life. 
 I mean, what makes me upset is that Sports Illustrated pays this lady, Selena Roberts, to stalk me. This lady has been thrown out of my apartment in New York City. This lady has five days ago just been thrown out of the University of Miami police for trespassing. And four days ago she tried to break into my house where my girls are up there sleeping, and got cited by the Miami Beach police. I have the paper here. This lady is coming out with all these allegations, all these lies because she's writing an article for Sports Illustrated and she's coming out with a book in May.  
Really respectable journalists are following this lady off the cliff and following her lead. And that, to me, is unfortunate.
We all know A-Rod is not a media genius but he slipped up here. It was the right move doing the interview and coming clean. The things he said in the interview however are just plain old stupid. Though he did say he was sorry he also blamed the era and Selena Roberts. Though he did say sorry a bunch of times, don't throw anyone else under the bus for your own mistakes.

    1. Saying that he didn't know what drug he was taking.
Ok come on, I don't think that he is fooling anyone with this. Every professional athlete out there knows exactly what they are taking, how much of it, its effect ect.
    2. Dancing around where he got the drugs.
When asked "Where he got the drugs from?" from Gammens A-Rod danced around the question blaming the era and throwing something in about GNC. He is protecting some teammate or doctor but don't blatantly lie to the country. Primobolan is a black market drug that can not be prescribed in the U.S. this is not GNC stuff. 
    3. Give compelling evidence that you are off the juice for good.
When asked what the best evidence of him coming clean is A-Rod rolled 
off a statistic about his weight. The thing is that the drug that he was taking, Primobolan, does not really add weight it just helps you build and maintain lean muscle.

What's next? Win in October, A-Rod, that is the only thing that will dampen the memory of this scandal.


Rob Abruzzese said...

Hopefully Arod answers everyone's questions tomorrow without all of this spin. Otherwise I feel like it might not go away. If he leaves them with more questions then answers, like he did with the Gammons interview, how could it end there?