Carter said he was getting a tour of the Yankees museum when he ran into Alex Rodriguez, who is currently in hearings appealing his 211-game suspension from Major League Baseball for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs.
“I know A-Rod from being a resident of south Florida, playing golf and different things,” Carter told the radio show broadcast on TV. “He was coming out of the batting cage and we began to talk. I just really felt compelled at that point to just say something to him. I was really just concerned about the state of baseball, the PEDs and all the PR around him. I told him he could really make a difference in a lot of kids’ lives.
“And he went into, Well, you know, I’m fighting for my life, and I basically just interrupted him and said, ‘Your life as a baseball player is over with. Now what you decide to do with the rest of your life — that’s the decision that you have to make. You and a number of other athletes have lost a whole generation of kids. Now, they’re going to be experimenting with PEDs because you guys have been successful doing it. What are you going to do to try to repair that?’ ”
Carter went on to tell A-Rod: “That’s really what your legacy should be. What you decide to do is totally up to you. I don’t care. I’m nobody — I’m just a fan. But I thought I should tell you that. You have an opportunity — and it could start today — that you could have the greatest legacy as far as PEDs, kids, high school athletes.”
Carter said he told A-Rod he could continue hiding behind fighting the case. “They could have a congressional hearing and make you innocent, but what difference is that gonna make?” Carter told the Mikes.
A-Rod’s response was “a little different,” said Carter. “He’s still living in a fantasy world. He’s still trying to fight as if he is innocent. If he’s innocent or not is irrelevant,” said Carter. “In the public eye he’s going to always be guilty.”