SBD/Issue 100/Sports Media
A-Rod Admission: Gammons Admits He Should Have Backed Roberts
Published February 11, 2009
|Gammons Says He Was Trying To
Get Rodriguez In His Own Words
NO TRUTH TO CLAIMS: In N.Y., Rubin & Gagne report police departments in N.Y., Miami and Coral Gables, Florida, claim Rodriguez "never reported Selena Roberts' alleged crimes to them." Miami Beach police detective Juan Sanchez: "I haven't been able to find anything to corroborate that she has tried to break into his home. I haven't been able to find anything that corroborates the statement Alex Rodriguez made to ESPN." Sanchez said that Miami Beach police "did file a 'miscellaneous incident report' after police were called to answer a security guard's question about whether the island where Rodriguez lives is public or private property." Sanchez said Roberts was "trying to gain access onto the island, and they had no right to stop her." Sanchez: "It's a public right of way" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/11).
Some Critical Of Gammons
Not Backing Up Roberts
HANGING CURVE: Two writers, who both preface their comments by relating negative experiences they each had with Gammons, react to his interview of Rodriguez. SI's Jeff Pearlman on his blog wrote Gammons scored the interview with Rodriguez because he is the "Larry King of sports television." Pearlman: "Softball questions, limited inquisitiveness, an easy time for all involved. ... He had to -- absolutely had to -- follow up Rodriguez's presumably ludicrous accusations with a question or two or three or 10" (JEFFPEARLMAN.com, 2/9). In N.Y., Filip Bondy wrote Gammons is "basically a professional apologist" for MLB. Bondy: "The only reason I'm writing so bitterly about him ... is that he sat there on Monday and allowed Alex Rodriguez to call Selena Roberts ... a 'stalker' without challenging him on that point at all. Gammons couldn't carry Roberts' laptop, when it comes to real journalism" (NYDAILYNEWS.com, 2/10).
EARNING THEIR STRIPES: On Long Island, Neil Best wrote MLB Network "deserves the props it has gotten for covering a story that does not reflect well on MLB," but the MLBPA has taken the "brunt of the criticism in the wake of this story." Best: "Will the network be as aggressive when a story makes the commissioner's office look bad? No way to answer that until such a story comes up." Also, "did someone tip off MLB Network execs Saturday that the story was coming, allowing them to begin putting everyone in place, including getting [Bob] Costas and Roberts on live four hours after the initial report was posted?" A source "did not deny the network likely got a heads up before the SI story was posted" (NEWSDAY.com, 2/10).
LAYING LOW: In Albany, Pete Dougherty wrote, "Apparently not every network was devoting as much of its air time as possible to the Alex Rodriguez admission of steroids use." YES Network, which is owned by the Yankees, had a Rodriguez "Yankeeography" scheduled for midnight ET Monday night, but the net ran a Baseball HOFer Yogi Berra "Yankeeography" instead (TIMESUNION.com, 2/10).