Derek Jeter Slams Ex-Pal Alex Rodriguez's Steroid Use in 'The Captain'

Derek Jeter slammed Alex Rodriguez's steroid use while discussing the topic in his miniseries The Captain.

In the sixth episode of the ESPN documentary, the former New York Yankees shortstop recalled how he felt following his on-and-off friend's admission.

"My reaction was: another distraction," the 48-year-old said, per the Daily Beast. "Like, f***, we gotta deal with this now. That was my reaction."

In February 2009, Rodriguez, now 47, admitted to taking steroids during a three-year period beginning in 2001 when he was playing for Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers.

His confession came two days after Sports Illustrated reported that he was on a list of 104 players who tested positive for banned substances in 2003.

Derek Jeter Slams Alex Rodriguez's Steroid Use
Alex Rodriguez (L) and Derek Jeter (R) of the New York Yankees look on against the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth inning at Oriole Park on September 11, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. Jeter recently reacted to news of A-Rod's steroid use in his new miniseries "The Captain." Patrick Smith/Getty Images/Getty Images

In an interview with ESPN's Peter Gammons, A-Rod revealed he "felt an enormous amount of pressure" being on the team.

"I felt like I had all the weight of the world on top of me and I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day," the ex shortstop and third baseman said.

"Back then, [baseball] was a different culture. It was very loose. I was young. I was stupid. I was naive. And I wanted to prove to everyone that I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time."

"I did take a banned substance," the dad of two—who shares kids Natasha, 17, and Ella, 14, with ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis—added. "And for that, I am very sorry and deeply regretful."

Jeter was quick to dismiss his former teammate's claims that doping was a part of the sport's "culture."

"One thing that is irritating and it really upsets me a lot is when you hear everybody say, 'It was the steroid era. Everybody was doing it.' You know, that's not true. Everybody was not doing it," he told reporters following a team workout at the time.

"I think it sends the wrong message to fans, to baseball fans. I think it sends the wrong message to kids, saying that everybody was doing it, because that's just not the truth," he continued. "I understand there's a lot of people who are big-name players that have come out and allegedly done this and done that, but everybody wasn't doing it."

In The Captain, Jeter revealed he "didn't want to be there" when referring to a press conference that followed Rodriguez's admission.

"I don't think anyone wanted to be there. I'm sure he didn't want to be there, you know what I mean?" the dad of three—who shares kids Bella, 4, Story, 3, and River, 8 months, with wife Hannah Jeter—said. "We got to answer questions about it, man, and I did not like to answer questions that didn't have to do with what was going on on the field."

Jeter added that he "didn't want to talk about this s*** anymore," but that "it wasn't something that you could just end like that."

The former Miami Marlins owner has lived a largely private life since joining the Yankees in 1995. He spent his entire MLB career with the New York team before retiring in 2014 and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2021.

Despite his comments on Rodriguez's past, Jeter recently shut down rumors that there was any bad blood between them.

"Everything's good," Jeter said in an interview with Good Day New York on Thursday, July 28. "I know people to this day, when I go places, that's one of the first things that they ask me about, but there are no issues between Alex and I at all."

Episodes 5 and 6 of The Captain air on August 4 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. EST respectively on ESPN.

Newsweek reached out to Rodriguez's representative for comment.