Derek Jeter Recalls Admitting Alex Rodriguez to Steroids: ‘Another Distraction’

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Derek Jeter recently said he had “no problem” with Alex Rodriguez after they were friends turned foes.

However, in 2009, when Rodriguez admitted to using steroids, Jeter obviously wasn’t a fan.

On the sixth episode of ESPN’s “The Captain,” Jeter reflected on his reaction to Rodriguez’s (first) admission to PED and how he thought it would hurt the Evil Empire.

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Derek Jeter, #2, (R) and Alex Rodriguez, #13 of the New York Yankees look on against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 16, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York.
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“My reaction was: another distraction. Like, f—, we have to deal with this now? That was my reaction,” he said in the documentary.

Rodriguez issued an apology at the team’s spring training facility in February of that year, with Jeter and many other Yankees teammates in attendance.

Jeter, however, would have preferred to practice.

“I didn’t want to be there. I don’t think anyone wanted to be there,” he said. “I’m sure he didn’t want to be there, you know what I mean? We have to answer questions about it, man, and I didn’t. I liked to answer questions that had nothing to do with what was happening on the ground.

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Alex Rodriguez, #13, (L) and Derek Jeter, #2 of the New York Yankees look on against the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 11, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Alex Rodriguez, #13, (L) and Derek Jeter, #2 of the New York Yankees look on against the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 11, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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“I was like, I don’t want to talk about this shit anymore. But it wasn’t something you could end up like that.”

Luckily for the Yankees, that didn’t distract them too much – Jeter, Rodriguez and the Yanks captured their 27th World Series title in November.

Derek Jeter, #2, and Alex Rodriguez, #13 of the New York Yankees celebrate on the field after their 7-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium November 4, 2009 in the borough of the Bronx in New York.

Derek Jeter, #2, and Alex Rodriguez, #13 of the New York Yankees celebrate on the field after their 7-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium November 4, 2009 in the borough of the Bronx in New York.
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Jeter finished third in AL MVP voting that year, while Rodriguez finally broke his druthers in the playoffs and was one of the team’s best hitters in October and November.

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