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Alex Rodriguez takes shots at Sports Illustrated writer Selena Roberts

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arod red.jpgPeter Gammons' interview of Alex Rodriguez was one of the most compelling and important sit-downs we've seen in a long time and was packed to the gills with interesting talking points. Since everyone on the internets is jumping on this story like a 2-0 fastball in the fat part of the plate, let's try and take this in a different direction.

During the course of the talk, Rodriguez took some pretty healthy cuts at Sports Illustrated reporter Selena Roberts, who co-wrote the bombshell piece with David Epstein.
"What makes me upset is that Sports Illustrated pays this lady, Selena Roberts, to stalk me," he [Rodriguez] told ESPN's  Peter Gammons.
 

Rodriguez went on to say that Roberts was tossed from his New York City apartment building, that she had to be escorted off of the University Miami campus by police when she sought out Rodriguez at the campus gym on Thursday and that she tried to break into his Miami home where his "children were sleeping".

"There are some really respectable journalists that are following this lady off a cliff," he said.

Sports Illustrated publised a Q & A with Roberts, in which the reporter talks about the process of breaking the story and her efforts to speak with Rodriguez.

She also calls the slugger's claims "absurd" in an interview with MLB Network.

""I've never set foot in the lobby of Alex's New York apartment. I've never set foot on his property. It's pure fabrication," said Roberts, who did say she drove by Rodriguez's house after receiving permission from Miami Beach police to drive on public property near A-Rod's house. The Miami Beach police have a "miscellaneous incident" report of that conversation, but Roberts was not cited for anything.

Roberts also asked for and received permission from security at the University of Miami to enter the school's workout facilities and talk to Rodriguez on Thursday.

"I think it's a diversion, a shoot-the-messenger type of thing," Roberts said.

There's sure to be more on both the positive test and the news-gathering methods employed by Roberts coming to light in the near future, but for now: What does your gut say about they way Roberts handled this, and does any part of you feel for Rodriguez?

It seems to be wildly unfair that if 104 players tested positive in a test that was supposed to be kept out of the papers that Rodriguez is the only name that has come out. You can't close Pandora's Box now that it's open, so it only seems fair the rest of the players' names should be released to the court of public opinion.

Obviously, this would be fought tooth and nail by the players.

It's also interesting that Rodriguez said he only found out for sure he had failed a test when Roberts confronted him. That means there's a lot of nervous baseball players out there praying they aren't named next.

So, you want to see the full list, right? Any chance that will happen?

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Roberts is a gossip columnist disguised as a sports reporter who has been A-Rod fixated for years. She is writing an unauthorized biography with heavy emphasis on his personal life that is coming out later this year.

Check out her "distinguished" work on the Duke Lacrosse team and other hit pieces on A-Rod from when she was with the NY Times.

Smear is what she does best.

Are you sharing needles with A-Rod. Why are you worried about protecting the cheat? Right-wing ESPN legal analyst Roger Cossack comes on to blab about who leaked the info. Typical Pepperdine (Ken Starr) law BS. Cossack still can't believe Nixon had to give up the tapes. Then the next day we get MLB/ESPN shill Peter Gammons doing the Sean Hannity fluff interview. Maybe it would help if analysis was done by some people who didn't make their living and paychecks pimping the public these phony Gods. Then we could get to the heart of the issue -- players who blatantly cheat in games where the whole idea is a level playing field, should be shamed from the game forever. If I beat Tiger Woods, but everyone on TV saw me kick my ball from under a tree...would you be defending me. Go to the shop dude and get it screwed on right this time.

Kyle responds: Who are you even talking to? Where do you see anything defending A-Rod's use of banned substances?

Probably was your,

"let's try and take this in a different direction."

Derailing the issue to the reporters methods and morals and the other 103 players not outed, simply misses the point. The biggest name in baseball, who earned the biggest salary, was a blatant cheat. The owners don't care. The agent Boras wants a roider, because he'll get a bigger cut. Guys like Tony LaRussa won his titles with cheaters, and he doesn't care to minimize his accomplishments. Cheater. A-Rod is like Bernie Madoff...a Ponzi scheme. The league was and is full of cheaters, and all the union and MLB can think to do is protect the frauds and hide the truth from the public.

You obviously didn't lose any sleep when a roided Hulk Hogan defeated a clean Andre the Giant.

selena roberts is doing her job, its the papparazzi thats stalking aroid, especially when hes hiding under madonnas bed! aroid brings attention to himself, hes taken illegal enhancing drugs and should be stripped of everything to do with baseball.

I am not an A-Rod fan by any stretch of the imagination. However, I find it fascinating that his was the only name leaked. I do have to give him credit for admitting to using an illegal substance but he took the low road and used the "loosey goosey culture" as a reason for being so spineless and weak.


As other commentators have speculated, I do feel this has everything to do with the Barry Bonds case and his lawyers trying to deflect attention from the soon to be ex-con slugger.

Now, as a Yankees fan, this makes me really mad because my favorite player (Bernie Williams) was practically forced out of the club house because he couldn't produce at the same level as these "former" juicers: (Giambi, A-Rod). Perhaps he should have given in to the "culture" as well in order to pump up his numbers.

The drug problem in sportgs will never go away unless the entire performance pay system is changed--I won't hold my breath.

"It seems to be wildly unfair that if 104 players tested positive in a test that was supposed to be kept out of the papers that Rodriguez is the only name that has come out." Aristotle said that an unreflected life is not worth living. You better buy a mirror.
Because there were 103 other cheaters, A-Rod gets a pass? There are people who play sports, who pour all their hearts and soul into effort, in the past and in the present, who realize the pursuit of competition shows both hard work and accomplishment. This is no different than Rosie Ruiz jumping into the middel of the BOston Marathon without having run the race. It is pure and simple cheating. There are too many people whose careers depend on popularity of sport, souvenir sellers, some in the press box, hoping people keep coming through the turnstile, hoping that newspapers might be purchased in a pennat race, who have lost a perspective what these games are about. Foremost, games are about honesty. Steroids were an uncontrolled substance throughout this society. It was not just a collective bargaining agreement. Many adherents of moral relativism are trying to sell their ideology that nothing was done wrong. That ideology is the undercurrent of this article.

Kyle responds: The point I'm making is: Let's have all of those names then and clear up those who were clean. Right now there is a cloud hanging over everyone from that era. There is zero part of my that is defending A-Rod, but how can you not see the unfairness in his being the ONLY one punished by public opinion by failing this supposedly private test?

lets be real. yes he admits to doing it in 01 to 03. it does not make it right but how can anyone say anything negative about A-rod. he has not changed his stats drasticly. if you look in the past. i am talking about 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s there are numerous players have one year hit 35 homers and in the next year hit 50 or more. look at roger maris's he hit in the 30s one year and the next year he hit the record. i am not saying he did anything of the sort. just look at the big picture and not the present. not everyone has been clean in baseball.

just be fair.

All the names should be released to be fair to those who did not test positive. But the slinky players and there drug protecting union will put suspicion on all the clean players to protect their own cowardly hides.

Someone should write a book about all the cheaters in our society
from wall street ,to sports,the olympics, daily life
republicans ,dmocrats . The list goes on and on
this would have been a more juicier book for that Roberts to write

it seems to me that arod is being singled out and that someone is trying to destroy him.
it might be interesting to see the background of the pple who are doing this. remaember the saying about let him cast the first stone

look at the ny writers who jump at any thing they perceive as wrong to put down the ny teams. all i hear from pple in other cities are that ny writers are the worst.

Feminist sports columnist is just what the world needs. Look at this Tiger Woods Schmeer: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/olympics/2010/writers/selena_roberts/02/18/tiger.spotlight/index.html/?xid=FanHouse

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