In 2013, then-Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez MLB’s investigation into his ties to the infamous Biogenesis clinic. In the course of that interview, A-Rod denied using PEDs after 2003 and also flatly denied many of the other accusations lobbed against him by the league. He also said this about Bud Selig:against PED accusations and
“He hates my guts, there’s no doubt about it. I don’t think they like big salaries. One hundred percent it’s personal. I think it’s about his legacy and it’s about my legacy. He’s trying to destroy me and -- by the way -- he’s retiring in 2014 and to put me on his big mantle on the way out, that’s a helluva trophy.”
So that was some pointed, unequivocal stuff from A-Rod -- stuff that rings pretty hollow these days. (Of course, A-Rod was also strongly critical of the unsavory way in which MLB conducted its investigation, and he’s 100 percent right about that.)
Fast forward to 2017. CBS Miami reports that A-Rod attended a Thursday luncheon with some University of Miami students, and during the course of that sit-down he addressed all manner of controversial topics from his past. Among them was that gloves-off 2013 interview with Francesa.
Here’s how A-Rod explained to those students his behavior at the time:
“I think just being a big jerk, you know?” Rodriguez said to the students. “I was just a really big jerk.” ...
“I made mistakes and then I doubled down and became a bigger jerk and then went on sports radio and made an ass of myself,” he said.
A-Rod has been devoted to reconstructing his image for a while now, and this accounting of his old ways fits in with that.
Rodriguez retired following the 2016 season. Across his 22 big-league campaigns -- 12 of which came with the Yankees -- A-Rod tallied 3,115 hits, 696 home runs and three MVP awards. He was for his role in the Biogenesis scandal.