Peter Abraham is going through the Selana Roberts book right now. His reaction:
Because Roberts broke the story in February about Rodriguez having tested positive for steroids use, I wrongly assumed the book would include other revelations. Instead it’s page after page of “one teammate” suggesting Rodriguez did something wrong. Or “a player” insinuating that he did something else. “Friends” of Rodriguez paint him in unflattering terms.
In her postscript, Roberts acknowledges the use of 19 anonymous sources. But no explanation is given as to why these sources needed anonymity. It’s also unclear whether the 19 sources were used equally or whether one or two sources provided the bulk of the information. We’re supposed to trust her judgment, apparently.
Even those facts that could be documented are not. Roberts, for instance, reports that notorious Dominican trainer Angel Presinal was signed into major league clubhouses by security officers while attending to Rodriguez. But no dates or places are given.
But she doesn’t prove anything beyond that he’s not particularly well-liked by his teammates and says a lot of dumb things. That we knew. The rest is unfair to Rodriguez.
Peter Abraham is finally being fair to Alex Rodriguez. After blindly trusting Selena Robert’s word because one of her two most important stories in her career was well-researched and correct, he at least has the journalistic experience to tell the difference between the National Enquirer and the New York Times.
I’ll be back later today with another Selena Roberts update. I feel that we as fans need to fight back and stop letting players get slandered in the media. Otherwise, the witch hunt will continue.
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