Yankees to Reggie Jackson: 'Stay Away' From Team

Team upset at Mr October's interview bashing A-Rod
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2012 5:42 AM CDT
New York Yankees Hall-of-Famer Reggie Jackson watches a spring training baseball game in Kissimmee, Fla., Saturday, March 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(Newser) – Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson has been told to "stay away" from the New York Yankees after he ripped Alex Rodriguez for steroid use in a recent interview, reports the New York Daily News. "There is no ban. There is no suspension," Jackson said last night, but confirmed that he had been asked to keep out of the clubhouse. "I didn’t want to be a disruption." The Yanks' former slugger pulls down a reported $700,000 a year as a team consultant.

Team officials, however, said they thought Jackson's comments were inappropriate and the keep-away order was in fact a punishment. Jackson told Sports Illustrated last week that Rodriguez's admitted steroid use "does cloud" his legacy, upsetting Rodriguez and other players. “With friends like that, who needs enemies?” asked Rodriguez. Jackson apologized to A-Rod for the comments, and in the past Jackson has spoken out favorably about the Yankee star on the issue.

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