Is this the face of a man who is sorry for trying to take down everyone with the nerve to challenge his honesty? Nope, it’s just A-Rod’s.
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who is coming off a one-year suspension for steroid use, reportedly apologized to the Yankees in a meeting with the team.
According to a report by Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com, the Yankees suspended star met with team owner Hal Steinbrenner and other executive for ninety minutes and apologized “for his suspension for performance-enhancing drug use and the hostile nature in which he attempted to defend himself.”
In a joint statement on Tuesday evening, the Yankees stated that Rodriguez initiated the meeting and apologized to the team:
“Today we held a meeting at Yankee Stadium between Hal Steinbrenner, (Team President) Randy Levine, (GM) Brian Cashman, (assistant GM) Jean Afterman, Alex Rodriguez and (A-Rod’s attorney) Jim Sharp,” the statement said. “Alex initiated the meeting and apologized to the organization for his actions over the past several years… There was an honest and frank discussion on all of the issues. As far as the Yankees are concerned, the next step is to play baseball in spring training.”
Rodriguez was suspended for the entire 2014 season for steroid use after winning an appeal to have the suspension reduced from 200 games to just a full season.
Marchand’s report stated that the Yankees made it clear to A-Rod that he needed to change his behavior and end his lawsuits against the MLB and a Yankees team doctor, as well as apologize for statements he made for questioning the integrity of the Yankees organization.
One key part of A-Rod’s bid to return to the Yankees is a $6 million bonus he receives for each home run milestone he reaches – up to $30 million the Yankees could be on the hook for. With many of his home runs tainted by his steroid use, the Yankees are going to try and remove that clause from A-Rod’s otherwise $61 million contract.
In the aftermath of the revelation that A-Rod admitted under oath to the DEA that he had taken steroids, it was unclear whether he would be allowed to return to the Yankees – especially after calling out select members of the team and calling them liars or threatening them with lawsuits.