It took years for Alex Rodriguez to finally admit that he took steroids while playing professional baseball.
Even while everyone in the baseball world knew, even while he failed drug test after drug test and spent millions on legally fighting something totally hopeless, Alex Rodriguez always maintained that he was innocent of the charges that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig brought against him.
It seems that he is not only read to own up to those mistakes, but to discuss them openly, hoping the next generation can learn from his folly.
From Jim Berry of CBS Miami:
“I’ve had some big hiccups along the way and I think that’s created a big platform for me to come back into the community,” he said. “Hopefully I can share stories of mistakes that I’ve made that hopefully the next generation doesn’t make.”
Rodriguez spoke to a group of students at the University of Miami, whose baseball park takes its namesake form Alex Rodriguez.
Rodriguez describes himself as being a “huge jerk” during his playing days.
Now, retired from professional baseball, Rodriguez has shifted his focus on becoming a “hall of fame father and hall of fame business man.” He cited difficulty attempting to build a business brand built on integrity, while attempting to live down the shame that was often tied to his baseball career in New York.
Throughout the conversation, Rodriguez was candid, honest and open and communicative; certainly a far cry from the five years that had come before. The only issue that he wasn’t willing to discuss was the recent news that he was dating pop singer and film actress Jennifer Lopez.
To that, Rodriguez said: “lets just stick to baseball.”
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