A-Rod Bio Author 'Feminist Version of Al Sharpton'

Sourcing is questionable, writers has credibility issues
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2009 4:29 PM CDT
Author Selena Roberts' book "A-Rod The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Selena Roberts’ new book makes many claims about Alex Rodriguez: He juiced in high school, tipped off opposing batters to pitches, and is even a stingy tipper. Roberts’ sourcing is scanty and anonymous, but we can trust her, a respected journalist for Sports Illustrated and formerly the New York Times, right? Wrong, writes Jason Whitlock for Fox Sports. Roberts has a demonstrated tendency to stretch the truth to suit her agenda.

Pointing to skewed coverage of the infamous Duke lacrosse rape scandal, Whitlock calls Roberts “a feminist version of Al Sharpton.” The innocence of the nonetheless sexist Duke players was inconvenient to Roberts’ narrative about sexism at Duke—and, with the goal of making A-Rod an example of all that’s wrong with baseball, she may have again ridden roughshod over the truth.