Paul Lo Duca, former MLB catcher, declares A-Rod “one of the most false people in the world” and “on a pedestal”


Alex Rodriguez has significantly improved his public image since his doping scandal in 2014 with the New York Yankees, thanks in large part to his comments on ESPN and his relationship with singer / actress Jennifer Lopez. But former MLB catcher Paul Lo Duca still doesn’t like the triple MVP.

“I will never be a fan,” said quadruple All-Star Lo Duca on WFAN Sports Radio. “I just think he is one of the most bogus people in the world. “

Like Rodriguez, Lo Duca has been involved in a doping scandal during his career in MLB. In 2007, seven years before Rodriguez faced a season suspension for his role in the biogenesis scandal, investigators discovered that Lo Duca used steroids and human growth hormones while playing for the Dodgers and the Marlins.

But while Lo Duca admitted that his conduct was “something I will never be proud of and something that was a mistake on my part,” he says Rodriguez never followed suit.

” I did not lie; I recognized him immediately, “said Lo Duca. “It was over and people could judge me as they wanted to judge me – I didn’t care. But when you lie completely [like Rodriguez] about it for years after years, if you cash in $ 260 million and people say, “He did it,” well, yes, he did – he paid more than $ 500 million in his career . “

Lo Duca also tore Rodriguez apart for his relationship with the Derek Jeter Hall of Fame. Rodriguez and Jeter played together for the Yankees from 2004 to 2013, but only reached – and won – the Word series once, in 2009.

“It is fairly well known that he and Derek [Jeter] really didn’t get along, “said Lo Duca. “And he always thought he should be shortstop, and Derek should perhaps have gone to third. And A-Rod did his wrong thing by saying, “Oh, I’m fine at third. And he had his only playoff where he did well, but his other playoffs weren’t that good. “

Lo Duca said Rodriguez’s relationship with Lopez had turned him into a “saint” in the eyes of the public, and even ESPN – he noted that the network was tougher in its coverage of the Barry Bonds steroid scandal compared to that of Rodriguez.

But in the interview, Lo Duca made it clear that he didn’t see as rosy an image of Rodriguez as the others.

“The way people put it on a pedestal is beyond me,” said Lo Duca.


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