Monday, February 9, 2009

Even More On Selena Roberts

I was laying in bed, trying to drift to sleep, thinking about the events from the day. I kept coming back to the allegations A-Rod made about Selena Roberts in his interview with Peter Gammons. Specifically, he said, "I mean, what makes me upset is that Sports Illustrated pays this lady, Selena Roberts, to stalk me. This lady has been thrown out of my apartment in New York City. This lady has five days ago just been thrown out of the University of Miami police for trespassing. And four days ago she tried to break into my house where my girls are up there sleeping, and got cited by the Miami Beach police. I have the paper here. This lady is coming out with all these allegations, all these lies because she's writing an article for Sports Illustrated and she's coming out with a book in May."

Roberts responded to those allegations, calling them "absurd." So that got me thinking. Who's telling the truth? In my earlier blog post, I wrote that I sided with A-Rod on that one, only because I can't see why he'd lie, and I can see why she'd do what he's alleging. I remembered something from her interview earlier in the week with the MLB Network and I decided to get up and see if I could find it. I didn't but it did lead me to and an interview she did tonight with the MLB Network. They gave her a chance to respond to Alex's allegations and she referred to it as "pure fabrication on his part." She said, "I've never set foot in the lobby of his New York apartment. I've never spoken to the University of Miami police, being on their campus. I've never set foot on his home property, or been cited by the Miami police for doing so." The classic he said, she said. Who am I to believe?

Before I get to the thought that caused me to get out of bed, I'll start with the part about "trying to break into his house." A-Rod lives on a public island in Miami. The island has a guard shack. Roberts went to the guard shack and the guard didn't know if the island was public or private, so they called the police to verify it. The police came out, said it was a public island, and said she could drive in. She says Alex's car wasn't there, so she left, and she then went to the weight room. The MLB Network obtained a copy of a Miami Beach police miscellaneous incident report that supports her claim. They made it sound like the police filling these reports out are a formality. If true, and it sounds like it is according to the police report, that's a far cry from someone trying to break into your house. Now I don't necessarily buy that she drove up and just looked for his car, and left when she didn't see it. I don't think it's a stretch to think she might of gone peering in a window or two and maybe was seen by a groundskeeper or something. If that's the case, I'm sure it'll come out.

But what originally got me out of bed was something I remembered from her interview on Saturday with Bob Costas. I remember her talking about her meeting with Alex in the University of Miami gym. I had hoped to find video or a transcript of the interview, but as of now, no luck. I've found clips of the interview, but not the part I'm looking for. It was in the latter part of the interview. I remember her talking about how A-Rod felt when she confronted him in the gym. She talked about how she thinks he felt violated because the gym was his "sanctuary." He told her he wasn't saying anything, put his headphones back on, and went back to working out. I vaguely remember her saying she had him escorted out and that's what my mind was focusing on.

In her interview today with the MLB Network, she had a different, less confrontational account of how their meeting in the gym ended. She said she walked back there, talked to him for a few minutes, and then left. She said she didn't even see the police and none were involved. She said in the interview, "When I left Alex on Thursday, umm, you know he was not happy I was there. He was getting a little agitated so I said, 'Hey listen. I'm going to leave. But here is my card.'" What happened to the being escorted out part? I know I heard that. The phrase "escorted out" to me means that someone in a position of authority was involved in removing you. Could it have been the campus police? Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't. Man, I wish I could find video of that interview. Who knows? To steal a word from Roger Clemens, maybe I'm mis-remembering it. But if it does in fact mention being escorted out, I'm inclined to believe Alex on that claim. And that would then make the other claims he made even more believable. Like the other instances Alex mentioned, I'm sure someone will verify it.

I'm not sure why I care so much about this. To be honest, I'm kind of tired of writing about Selena Roberts. I hate that I'm giving her so much "air time" if you will. But something is off and I'd just like to know the truth. Whether it's her or Alex lying, I want to know. It's painful to admit, but as of right now, I'm about 51/49 on the side of Roberts in terms of who I believe. But I just don't see why Alex would make this up. He has to know this stuff could be verified and the last thing he wants to do is get caught lying about something.

Is it time yet for pitchers and catchers to report?

Peace, love and Pinstripes,



She-Fan said...

Interesting post, J-Boogie. I've been fascinated by this aspect too. But there were no police reports filed in Miami or NY. I think it's probably that Roberts has been dogging him for a long time and he feels "violated" and there's truth somewhere in the middle.

Jay Russell said...

I am sharing the same itch as you man. I want to know the truth behind all of this. I realize that Alex admitted using, but there is more to the story. I don't think "this woman" is out there to just get the truth out. She keeps mentioning in interviews and articles that alot of players are sweatin because they might be next on the list. Maybe she knows who they are and maybe she's holdin it over their heads. It just sounds like to me that she has this devious plan. I've been looking up all kinds of interviews, reading all kinds of articles, and finding out as much as possible on Selena Roberts credibility, and as I look further into it, I don't like it.

Bob C said...

That Selena Roberts writes with an agenda is no secret; recall her disgraceful columns on the Duke lacrosse players' case. ARod deserves what he gets; I do believe he's been clean at least since 2004, but it's pretty clear that he confessed only because he was caught. But I don't believe Roberts for one minute when she gives her 'who, me?' responses when asked about her stalking of ARod. She clearly has it in for the man (as do her sources). Just 'putting it out there' that she'd heard rumors of his juicing in HS is a smarmy way to pile on the image of ARod as Canseco, and help sell her hit piece of a book.

BettorFan Fantasy Sports Betting said...

A-Rod deserves what he gets? What about the 103 other names on the list that Ms. Roberts didn't stalk? A-Rod is being singled out because he is A-Rod, but everyone should get theirs.

Anonymous said...

Because there are 103 others, that means that ARod doesn't deserve what he gets?? Sorry, sport, but you lay down with dogs, you get fleas. Sure, every name on that list should be made public. And then they'll deserve what they get. That ARod was only one of probably hundreds of others, big names and small, that juiced doesn't mean that he's off the hook.