New York | Friday, July 6th, 2012
New York Yankees great and Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson came out swinging in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated, saying that current Yank Alex Rodriguez’s lofty numbers are in question since the third basemen admitted to using performance enhancing drugs. “Al’s a very good friend,” Jackson said. “But…as much as I like him, what he admitted about his usage does cloud some of his records.”
In 2009 Rodriguez admitted to using PED in the past, but only for a three-year stretch when he was signed to the Texas Rangers. His 10-year, $275 million contract with the Bronx Bombers runs through the 2017 season and includes multimillion dollar incentives for slugging milestones reached. Rodriguez currently sits at number five on the all-time home run list, with 642 homers. Barry Bonds, whose reputation was sullied by his own drug use, holds the record of 762.
Jackson, who is a special adviser to the Yankees and a regular visitor to the clubhouse went on to say that “If any of those guys [who used PED] get in, no Hall of Famer will attend” the induction.