Reggie Jackson: Yankees Legend's Comments About Alex Rodriguez Are True

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2012

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 22: Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson poses with Alex Rodriguez after presenting him with a crystal trophy to celebrate his 600th home run prior to the start of the game against the of the Tampa Bay Rays during their game on September 22, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Legendary New York Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson was never afraid of controversy throughout his long career, but the trouble he is causing now is just as interesting.

The controversy stems from an article published by Sports Illustrated concerning Jackson's comments about current Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez.

Jackson told the magazine about his good friend Rodriguez and how he feels his current and potential records are tainted:

Al’s a very good friend. But I think there are real questions about his numbers. As much as I like him, what he admitted about his (performance-enhancing drug) usage does cloud some of his records.

While these comments come off as unnecessarily harsh and uncalled for, they are also true, and as a Hall of Fame inductee and one of the greatest to ever play the game, Jackson can say whatever he wants.

To be honest, everything he said is 100 percent true.

Rodriguez admitted taking steroids for at least three years, leaving serious doubt about how long he truly used the drugs. If he was quick to lie about using in the first place, lying about how long he did so would be no sweat.

The obvious questions stemming from Rodriguez’s admission have been raised by every baseball analyst over the last three years, and Jackson was just repeating what the popular sentiment has been: A-Rod will always be thought of as a steroid user and his numbers are tainted.

Of course, under the pressure from the mighty Yankees and the backlash from his comments, Jackson apologized to Rodriguez.

While many fans and experts feel the man should not have apologized for telling the truth, it's clear he had to make amends with the Yankees more than A-Rod.

Rodriquez told the New York Times about the conversation he had with Jackson concerning the Yankees legend's comments:

What we said to each other, we’re going to keep that private. My focus is on playing baseball. Anything that comes in the way of us winning games is white noise.

The Yankees third baseman knows what he did, and he knows that what Jackson said is true—but he didn’t expect it to come from someone he considered a close friend.

While Jackson didn’t handle the situation correctly, the man has earned the right to question anyone who admitted to taking a shortcut to success in the game that Jackson helped build.

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