PUZZLING

A-Rod's Bizarre Interview

On that winter night in Miami, Details reporter Jason Gay had no idea what a gift he was getting: an interview with slugger Alex Rodriguez just before Sports Illustrated broke the news of his steroid use—but after reporter Selena Roberts confronted the Yankees star in a gym locker room about his positive 2003 drug test. During his interview with Gay, who had no idea the story was about to break, A-Rod appeared perfectly calm and carefree. Bizarrely, he even called the next day to raise concerns about revealing his favorite Madonna song; he wanted the information taken off the record because he feared opposing stadiums would play it whenever he got up to bat. Most tellingly, when talking with Gay about Michael Phelps and the bong incident, A-Rod said, “You’ve got to put yourself in a position that, no matter who has what, the truth will be revealed. That’s ultimately the place I want to be in.” It was the place he was in a mere 36 hours later.