With the help of my New York Times colleagues Ken Belson and Doris Burke, I scrutinized the list of names, and it soon appeared less random than at first blush. Nearly all of the athletes he named are clients of Jason Riley, a fitness trainer based in Sarasota, Fla.
His most famous client, the man whose career he was credited with reshaping and saving from mortality’s shadow, was Derek Jeter. In 2010, a few years into Riley’s makeover, The Daily News proclaimed: “Derek is turning back the clock at short.” ESPN declared Riley “dumped the Captain into a hot tub time machine” and turned him into a 25-year-old.
Significant caveats are in order here: No evidence has emerged linking Jeter to performance-enhancing drugs, and Sly did not connect him to banned substances, although he boasted of helping other athletes obtain them.
Listen, I'm not saying Derek Jeter cheated. But the fact that he worked out at the same place that "nearly all" of the people in the Al Jazeera report is very interesting to say the least.
I mean, Tom Brady was "generally aware" of a scheme to deflate footballs because he worked with John Jastremski and Jim McNally, right? That's been established by the mainstream media and perpetrated by the masses.
I don't think I'm being a dick if I at least ask the question, was Derek Jeter generally aware of the stuff his trainer was putting into his body?
Maybe Jeter will hire a PR firm and a team of lawyers to explain that to us. Stay tuned.
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