Alex Rodriguez has issued a handwritten apology to fans for his actions leading to his suspension from the New York Yankees for an entire season. The two-page, four-paragraph handwritten apology was released to the media by Rodriguez on Tuesday.
In the note, Rodriguez wrote, “I take full responsibility for the mistakes that led to my suspension for the 2014 season.” New York’s offered to let Rodriguez use Yankee Stadium for his news conference, but the idea was turned down by Rodriguez for reasons unknown.
Rodriguez was found to have violated baseball’s drug policy by purchasing performance-enhancing drugs from Anthony Bosch, owner of Biogenesis, a Miami anti-aging clinic. He first admitted taking PEDs in February 2009. An investigation into the company ensnared a dozen major league players in 2013. Yesterday, Bosch was sentenced to more than 4 years in prison for his role in the scandal.
It may be impossible for him to make amends after repeatedly lying about his involvement in the matter time and time again. At one point, he sued Major League Baseball and the Yankees to have his suspension overturned.
In his written apology, Rodriguez disputed nothing about Major League Baseball’s case against him. Rodriguez’s suspension for PED use was the longest suspension in the history of the League for such a violation.
Rodriguez has made more than $356 million in baseball salary alone since his debut with the Seattle Mariners back in 1994. He has 654 homers to his name, the fifth-most in the history of the game. The Yankees still owe him $64 million over the next three seasons, but they are reportedly going to go after some of the bonuses in Rodriguez’s contract.
Many of the media reports that have surfaced after the release of the handwritten apology express disbelief that the note will do anything to repair Rodriguez’s image in the eyes of the fans. When he returns to the Yankees, there will probably not be many fans wearing his jersey in the stands.
While this is not the end of the line for the athlete, it seems impossible that he will ever gain back the admiration that he squandered with years of lies and evasions.