Jones incensed after NY tabloid frenzy over A-Rod comments

Upset over the portrayal of his comments about Alex Rodriguez and steroids, Chipper Jones boycotted the New York media on Thursday.

"I told you I'm not talking," Jones said after he hit a three-run homer in the Braves' 7-6 victory over the Mets at Shea Stadium.

After a reporter asked Jones if he would just talk about his fifth inning home run and not his comments about Rodriguez, Jones declined.

"Nope," Jones said. "I'm not going to let you start any crap between me and the Mets. You all started crap [Wednesday.] I've been nice to you all my whole career. You all started crap so I'm done with you."

Jones did talk to the Atlanta-based media.

On Wednesday, Jones spoke with a reporter from the Associated Press and MLB.com in which he said that now that Barry Bonds owns the home run record, Rodriguez, potentially the heir to Bonds' throne, will be the next one that will have to endure speculation over if he used performance enhancing drugs.

Last Saturday, the 32-year-old Rodriguez became the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs.

Last month on Boston radio station, WEEI, Jose Canseco said that Rodriguez is a "hypocrite" and is "not at all what he appeared to be." Canseco said he had information on Rodriguez, but was not specific if he will allege that Rodriguez used performance enhancers.

Jones said Canseco is a good source on the subject of steroids.

"There's been a lot of validation to some of the things that Jose Canseco has said," Jones said Wednesday. "At first when it came out a lot of people didn't want to give him a lot of credit for it. But a lot of it has been proven true. And unfortunately this cloud is following probably two of the best players of this century."

Jones went on to tell the two reporters Wednesday that if he had to guess, he would say that Rodriguez had not used steroids.

Still, with the growing coverage, Rodriguez' agent, Scott Boras, decided to go on the offensive to defend his top client.

"Alex Rodriguez has always been a great power-hitting player from Day 1," Boras said on the New York Post's Web site Thursday. "He has hit above 35 homers form his first day in the big leagues. He does not have any indices of change, he has indices of consistency."

On Thursday, when Jones walked into the road clubhouse at Shea a little more than an hour before the 12:10 p.m. start, the back page of the New York Post was on the seat in front of his locker.

It was placed there earlier in the morning by Jones' teammate, Jeff Francoeur. The headline in big bold, white, letters blared, "A'ROID SHOCKER" and there was a subhead that read, "Chipper says drug questions will dog Alex."

Jones picked up The Post from his chair and flipped it onto a table in the clubhouse. When members of the media approached, Jones said he wasn't talking to the local press.
"New York media can beat it," Jones said. "By the way, you think you are getting any more [expletive] out of me, you have another thing coming."

Jones' Rodriguez-steroid story, which also appeared on the top banner headline of the New York Daily News' back page (CHIPPER'S A-BOMB), was all over the Internet and made for a talk radio topic on Thursday.

Jones, for his part, wished he had stayed silent.

Andrew Marchand is the Managing Editor of 1050 ESPN Radio in New York City.