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Quote of the Day: The Daily News slams A-Rod for using official spokespeople

Feb 5, 2013, 1:37 PM EDT

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Bill Madden speaks:

This is apparently A-Rod’s new strategy: Deflect all these allegations away from him. Didn’t his crisis management people come out the other day saying all those documents obtained out of Bosch’s clinic by the Miami New Times were bogus? His crisis managers, but not A-Rod himself.

He is innocent, A-Rod says. But instead of personally telling us that, Rodriguez proclaims it through anonymous spokespeople and lawyers and expects us to believe him.

For what it’s worth, A-Rod issued an official statement denying the allegations in the Miami New Times report. Maybe it’s a total lie, but don’t accuse him of “a conspiracy of silence” as Madden does here when he has, in fact, issued as thorough a statement as any other public figure caught up in a scandal has issued.

That aside, this insistence on direct, personal on-the-record statements is pretty rich from a guy who based his “The Yankees are going to dump A-Rod” story last week on anonymous team sources.  Tell us Bill: instead of publicly saying that, the Yankees proclaim they are done with Rodriguez through anonymous spokespeople and expects us to believe them?

This also from a guy who has shown that he’s totally cool with letting speculation and whisper campaigns dictate who makes his Hall of Fame ballot.

If you’re Bill Madden I guess official, in person, on-the-record sources are only important when the story doesn’t serve your interests. If it does, hell, let ‘er rip.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    But ARod is in hiding, I thought.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      When you’re rich, it’s “seclusion.” He probably has “fatigue.”

  2. mrfloydpink - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Derek Jeter would never use spokespeople. He lets his gift baskets do the talking for him.

  3. cur68 - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Its stuff like this that allows me to give ARod the benefit of the doubt when it comes to “Anonymous Sources”. People are demonstrably out to get him to the point of ridiculousness. I don’t trust ANY of them.

    I don’t like Alex Rodriguez. Not even a little. But there is a limit to that. It stops on THIS side of slander and twisting reality to suit a narrative.

  4. lazlosother - Feb 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    I have it from an anonymous source that Madden’s crisis management people put him up to this, to direct attention away from last week’s idiotic assertions.

    Pedro Gomez has not denied this.

  5. kiwicricket - Feb 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    So ARod’s syphilitic brain is conspiring to raid food donations to poor African countries, he is actually a giant Ewok cast from their clan at birth…and it was his gold-plated, diamond encrusted, silicon handled high-power hair-dryer/electrolysis combo which caused the power-outage at the Super Bowl?

    Am I up to jest with things?

  6. randygnyc - Feb 5, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Craig- I don’t think it’s a stretch to think that your article this morning has reached the writers at the daily news. You’ve gotten their ire up.

    • chadjones27 - Feb 5, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      I don’t think the writers at the daily news know how to read.

  7. uyf1950 - Feb 5, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    The NY Daily News is no better then those scandal sheets you see in the checkout isles of supermarkets as you pay for your groceries.

    • 4cornersfan - Feb 5, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      You mean that stuff that I read in the express lane at Albertson’s might not be true? Sobering thought.

  8. royalsretro - Feb 5, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    A-Rod should vocally protest his innocence just like Roger Clemens did, and look how he was vindicated!

  9. vallewho - Feb 5, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Bill wants ARod to call him.

    Maybe this freedom of the press thing is not all it’s cracked-up to be.

  10. jwbiii - Feb 5, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Rodriguez is a lousy extemporaneous public speaker andthat makes him Bad. He’s richer than Croesus, so he hires people to speak for him, and that also makes him Bad. I’m sure that if he and his representatives said nothing at all, that would make him Bad as well.

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