Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, who had been working in an advisory role with the New York Yankees organization, has been told to stay away from the team indefinitely for the comments he made questioning the career of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez because of his admittance to using performance-enhancing drugs, reports Buster Olney.
Jackson, 66, has now essentially been put in timeout by the Yankees. The length of the punishment is unknown, so Jackson will have to wait until he is told otherwise to return to New York.
The controversy began when Jackson said A-Rod's numbers and records were "clouded" because of his past use of performance-enhancing drugs. Jackson's comments were published in Sports Illustrated right before the Yankees headed to Fenway Park to play their division rival, the Boston Red Sox, in a critical four game series to end the first half of the season.
"The team doesn't need any negative publicity or aggravation, especially playing in a big market like Boston, and in Fenway" a source told the New York Daily News. "A-Rod doesn't need the aggravation."
Jackson later apologized for his comments about A-Rod, and also his comments about deceased Hall of Famers Gary Carter and Kirby Puckett, who Jackson said did not belong in the Hall of Fame, but the Yankees still felt the need to take further action.
This is not the end of Jackson's involvement with the Yankees organization, but the team will most likely wait for the situation to blow over before bringing him back.
Rodriguez has been asked multiple times about the comments, but won't let them distract him from focusing on the season, though he did mention Jackson called him and they discussed what had happened.
"Yeah . . . again what we said is we're going to keep it private," said A-Rod. "Anything that comes in the way of us winning games is white noise."
The controversy hasn't seemed to bother A-Rod and the Yankees yet, as the team took three out of four games against the Red Sox to end the first half of the season.
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