Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a die-hard Yankees fan, weighed in Sunday on the Biogenesis scandal sweeping baseball that could see Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez facing a 214-game ban.
“I’ve seen the other side of A-Rod – extremely kind to kids, very good teammate. I can’t evaluate this,” Giuliani said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Giuliani, who was sporting a blue Yankees bracelet himself, noted he wasn’t sure what the players, including A-Rod, have done wrong and emphasized he didn’t know all the facts.
“Here’s the part I’m a little confused about. … I don’t exactly understand completely this Biogenesis situation. I don’t understand exactly what it is that they did wrong,” Giuliani said.
“Did they just do Biogenesis, which is basically blood enhancement, which a number of other athletes did? Or – here is what I suspect – under the guise of that, they were getting human growth hormone, which is what would make it as serious as it is. … I don’t know all the facts, so I’m very hard-pressed to make a definitive conclusion.”
Rodriguez, a three-time American League MVP, who helped the Yankees defeat the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 World Series, has been recovering from injuries all season. Reports say that as a result of the scandal, he is likely to be suspended for the duration of the 2013 season and all 162 games of the 2014 season.