Selena Roberts, Sports Illustrated's reporter who broke the Alex Rodriguez steroids story, has been hit and absorbed by the snowball she set in motion. The latest turn in this saga came during A-Rod's interview with ESPN, the one in which he admits taking steroids back when he played for the Texas Rangers.
Alex Rodriguez had some choice words to say about Selena Roberts' journalistic tactics, alleging that she was thrown out of his New York City apartment building and the University of Miami campus for stalking him, and that she tried to break into his Miami home where his "children were sleeping."
"I've never set foot in the lobby of Alex's New York apartment building, never spoken to the University of Miami police, and never set foot on his home property or been cited by the Miami Police for doing so," read a statement by Selena Roberts. Sports Illustrated, having been accused by Alex of "pay[ing] this lady, Selena Roberts, to stalk me," issued its own response, that they "stand by the story and the professional manner in which it was reported. Selena Roberts is a distinguished journalist and her reporting in this case led to Alex Rodriguez's admission that he used performance-enhancing drugs."
My Take: I'm completely not surprised to hear proof that A-Rod used steroids during his professional career. He deserves the same shame as any other player who tarnished the reputation of Major League Baseball, let alone the credibility of statistics for, oh, the past 25 years or more. Still, I kind of cringe when I see the gloating hoots and hisses from fellow members of Red Sox nation. I'm a realist, and I'd be no more surprised to learn that David Ortiz took steroids too. I wonder if the pointed accusations about Selena Roberts, Sports Illustrated's new most famous journalist, will have the kind of credibility coming from A-Rod after denying his steroid use in the past. Doubtful.