Somebody told Alex to use the word “culture” a lot.
It’s also truly hard to believe that any person — never mind a professional athlete — would inject substances into their body for three years without knowing what they were. Yet that is what A-Rod is claiming.
That is simply dangerous to your health.
UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: Alex now says he has not used since 2004, including blood tests before the 2006 WBC.
UPDATE, 6:16 p.m.: Alex is attacking Selena Roberts now, saying she tried to break into his house. If that is true, that is crossing the line. Peter Gammons did not follow up on that.
UPDATE, 6:18 p.m.: Alex says he wants to help kids and that honesty is the only way. He says he’s tired of being stupid.
UPDATE, 6:19 p.m.: Alex is disappointed in himself, he says. The “culture in Texas” is mentioned again.
UPDATE, 6:24 p.m.: Alex praised Andy Pettitte. “The truth will set you free,” he said. “I’m just proud to be here sharing my story.”
Gammons just asked two questions about his message to children. Really?
Alex said the PED usage was, “an aberration.”
UPDATE, 6:26 p.m.: Selena Roberts released a statement saying Alex’s charges were “absurd.” Given that police records can be checked, we’ll see who is telling the truth. Alex claimed she was cited by police and was escorted off the Miami by campus by police. That can all be verified.
UPDATE, 6:38 p.m.: OK, back at it. A-Rod is making his case for the Hall of Fame.
UPDATE, 6:39 p.m.: Alex went after Jose Canseco, saying he was 100 percent false.
UPDATE, 6:42 p.m.: “I have great certainty that I will overcome this.”
Alex is attacking Roberts again. “She has been stalking me for the last three or four years.”
Gammons again does not follow up to ask what he means.
UPDATE, 6:45 p.m.: Alex says he has not read Torre’s book. He now says everybody makes fun of him in the clubhouse. “It’s a great compliment to me.”
UPDATE, 6:47 p.m.: “I got caught up in the ‘Everbody is doing it’ era,” he says.
There was another question about what he would tell kids.
UPDATE, 6:49 p.m.: The interview is over. Alex’s camp made a good choice in Gammons. It wasn’t exactly Frost/Nixon.
People who support and like A-Rod will believe he came clean. Those who don’t like Alex will find the interview specious. He’s a polarizing figure.
Everything else aside, he admitted he took PEDs for three years. That’s a long time. He also lied about it for six years. That’s a long time, too. Some will believe he’s telling the truth now, some will not. He’s the only one who knows for sure.