If you haven’t noticed, The Biz of Baseball hasn’t reported on Selena Roberts’ book on Alex Rodriguez. The reasoning has been simple: it’s sourced poorly and Roberts has a terrible track record when it comes to storming the gates with athletes.
Case in point, her inability to issue any retraction surrounding the Duke lacrosse players that were charged with first-degree sexual offense, kidnapping and, earlier, with rape, only to find out that district attorney Mike Nifong was withholding exculpatory evidence. A North Carolina State Bar disciplinary panel later concluded that along with the withholding of evidence that would have exonerated the Duke lacrosse players, he also made inflammatory statements about the case. The panel called for his disbarment and Nifong resigned his office.
Roberts wrote for the New York Times in March of ’06 an article that all but said that the Duke players were guilty.
Now, with her book on A-Rod so poorly sourced as to make the worst blogger look credible, the book that many thought would light up cash registers, hasn’t.
After two days on the shelves, Roberts’ book tops in at all of 51st on Amazon’s Top Seller list.
That tells you all you need to know about the book. We now return you to baseball outside the lines.
Maury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He is contributor to Baseball Prospectus, and is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network.
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