“When you see players go from rags to riches to rags, it’s tough to see,” retired professional athlete Alex Rodriguez told The Hollywood Reporter. Now, he’s hosting his own show for CNBC to help fellow athletes and entertainers, like swimmer Ryan Lochte and boxer Evander Holyfield, reclaim their financial footing when the big paychecks stop coming in. Alex Rodriguez, or A-Rod, has long been considered one of the greatest baseball players in American history. His glowing reputation was tarnished, however, when he admitted to using performance-enhancing steroids between 2001 and 2003, prompting a 162-game suspension from the Major Baseball League (MLB). Rodriguez soon after retired and launched a career as a media personality, serving as a broadcaster for Fox Sports and a cast member of “Shark Tank.”
Rodriguez’s new show, “Back in the Game,”will offer former athletes and entertainers “in serious financial distress” their very own “money-savvy mentors who can help them get back on their feet,” according to a CNBC release.
“Back in the Game” will help four household names restore their reputation and financial security.
The first episode aired last week, and featured former boxer Evander Holyfield. Holyfield earned over $513 million throughout his boxing career, defeating the likes of Mike Tyson, and winning the heavyweight title four times. In 2008, his $10 million home was foreclosed and auctioned to rapper Rick Ross. “I grew up admiring Holyfield, he was one of my role models as a kid,” Rodriguez tweeted. Holyfield didn’t have a plan for retirement. Rodriguez did and offered his advice. “We’re going to get this done,” he tells him. Fans are already tweeting their “mad respect for showing some much truth and raw emotion,” for Holyfield.
By the looks of it, Holyfield now has his own supplemental nutrition line.
“For whatever reason, I was thinking of life after baseball in my rookie year, when I was 18 years old in the major leagues,” Rodriguez told The Hollywood Reporter. “I think my greatest gift is that I was lucky enough to play for two and a half decades in the MLB, and I had an opportunity to make every mistake in the book, and I probably did that. I learned from those mistakes and I grew my knowledge and I practiced and learned more. I’m a student at heart and I continued to learn and surround myself with really great people.”
Last night, his second episode premiered featuring suspended Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, who publicly apologized for his steroid use.
“One mistake changed my entire life. I went from hero to zero. I’m just trying to fight my way back up to the top again,” Lochte tells Rodriguez in a promo. “I know exactly what you feel like,” Rodriguez tells him, recalling his own history of performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez pulls out Lochte’s phone and goes through his contacts. “Why don’t we call Michael Phelps?” Later, we see Lochte’s reaction, wiping tears from his face. “That call you made, and that emotion that I’m seeing, is what it takes to be a champion,” Rodriguez tells him, completely in the face of the toxic masculinity’s lie that vulnerability is a weakness.
“I was incredibly impressed watching Ryan Lochte swim,” Rodriguez tweeted. “It’s a totally different experience watching him in person, especially because it’s something I can’t do!!” Well, that’s one thing A-Rod can’t do.
Lochte confessed that he didn’t look at his bank account for two years.
Some people are seriously judging these basic financial skills, like “how you not gonna check your bank account in two years? Who does that?” asks one Twitter user. Other folks are hearing Lochte gripe about having to move from a big house to his “small apartment,” and have no sympathy because we all want that “small” apartment.
“It takes years to build a good reputation, and in 5 minutes you can lose it all,” Rodriguez tells his clients.
The show is a “tremendous opportunity to spread a great message,” he tells the Reporter. “The question is: Do I have time to continue? But I really enjoy the process. I really enjoy seeing four people turn their lives around and really mature in a very short period of time. It’s very rewarding for me to come back and pay it forward.”
“Back in the Game” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CNBC.
It looks like scandal just can’t stay away from A-Rod. The former Yankees all-star is now facing controversy based off of the claims filed in a lawsuit by his former brother-in-law, Constantine Scurtis.
The lawsuit alleges that Rodriguez is a pathological liar and cheater who embezzled millions of dollars through shady real estate deals.
The lawsuit states: “Defendant Alex Rodriguez, a former Yankees baseball player, is a serial cheater and liar. After cheating on his wife, Cynthia, and lying about his affairs, Alex Rodriguez then lied to and cheated his brother in law in their real estate partnership.”
According to Scurtis, he and Rodriguez formed a real estate partnership around the beginning of A-Rod’s marriage to his sister, Cynthia. The initial deal was that the duo would leverage A-Rod’s star power to attract clients and sales and would get 95% of the profits. Scurtis would get the rest of the profits, including acquisition fees when applicable.
Scurtis says that A-Rod sold their joint company without his consent and without giving him any of the profits.
But per Scurtis, in 2008, around the time that Rodriguez’s marriage to his first wife dissolved, A-Rod abruptly booted Scurtis from the partnership. Scurtis alleges that, up until that point, Rodriguez had previously lied to him and assured him that nothing would change in their business dealings.
The lawsuit also alleges that Rodriguez committed various acts of fraud, including concocting a “scheme to profit off of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ike.”
Hurricane Ike was a natural disaster that resulted in at least 195 deaths and billions of dollars in damage in 2008.
Scurtis says that Rodriguez committed insurance fraud, faking accounting records to claim that his properties sustained significantly more damage than they actually did.
The lawsuit alleges that A-Rod bribed an official who caught wind of the scheme to keep quiet.
“Through their racketeering,” the lawsuit said, “Rodriguez and his co-conspirators have caused Scurtis many millions of dollars in damages.”
Scurtis’s lawyer says that A-Rod will “face a jury on August 2, 2021, to answer claims that he and his co-conspirators engaged in a pattern of racketeering and embezzlement.”
“Scurtis never suspected that the tussle over the day-to-day operation of the business arising from his sister’s divorce would be followed by a systematic and fraudulent effort to eliminate Scurtis’s equity in the venture and strip him of the future financial rewards to which he was rightfully entitled,” says the lawsuit.
It should be noted that this is not the first time that Scurtis has brought a lawsuit against his ex-brother-in-law.
There seems to be no love lost between these two former business partners. Over the years, Scurtis has filed a multiple lawsuits against the Dominican ex-MVP, including a $100 million one in 2015 that included many of the same allegations. It is unclear how that situation ended, but judging by the newest lawsuit, Scurtis’s previous ones have not been successful.
As for A-Rod, he is hitting back at Scurtis’s claims, and filed a countersuit denying the accusations. We guess we’ll just keep our eyes peeled to see how this all turns out.
Just when we thought Coronavirus couldn’t make things worse.
Earlier in December Jennifer Lopez revealed on “Access Hollywood,” that she and fiancé Alex Rodriguez have had to postpone their wedding twice during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We had to cancel the wedding … because of COVID, because of the quarantine. And we actually did it twice, which people don’t know,” Lopez, who became engaged to Rodriguez in March 2019, explained. “We kind of have let it go for a second, and I don’t know what we’re going to do, we talk about small, big… And I think we just feel like, ‘Let’s just wait it out.’ There’s no rush, we’re good, everything’s cool and it’ll happen when the time is right. I feel like it’s not a huge priority to go and have a big wedding right now, that’s not what life is about.”
During an interview with Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM show, “Radio Andy,” and revealed that she and her fiancé have considered not getting married at all.
Speaking about Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell’s lasting 30-year plus partnership, Lopez said “At our age, we’ve both been married before, it’s like, do we get married? Do we not? What does it mean for us?… It comes down to personal, what do you want to do? There’s definitely no rush though.”
“It was really sad because we were supposed to get married in June and we planned it all. So in March or April, we’re looking down the pipe and we’re going, ‘This is maybe not going to happen.’ Italy’s the worst place in the world. And we were going to get married in Italy. I was like, ‘Okay, we got to cancel everything,'” Lopez explained.
Speaking to Ellen, Lopez explained how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected her during this time.
“It did affect it a little bit,” Lopez told Ellen in an interview in which the TV host asked about her wedding plans. “So, we’ll see what happens now … I really don’t know what’s gonna happen now as far as dates or anything like that. We are just kind of in a holding pattern like the rest of the world. So, again, it’s just something we have to wait and see in a few months how this all pans out.”
Of course, leave it to DeGeneres to push for romance. The talk show host recommended that Lopez and Rodriguez try to do a “TikTok wedding” consider how popular their recent videos on the platform have been so far.
“It’s something to think about,” Lopez laughed. “I can’t make any commitments right now.”
The Latina queen and retired baseball superstar became engaged in March 2019.
For the two years that they’ve been dating, J-Lo and A-Rod have shared their lives with the public through their social media accounts, giving us a glimpse into the loving relationship that Lopez has called her “first ever good relationship”. Their Instagram profiles are sprinkled with pictures of them jet-setting, attending premieres and galas, and taking mixed-family vacations in exotic locales together. In other words, they’re very publicly living their best lives together.
However, a wrench was thrown into their happily-ever-after Sunday night when former MLB player Jose Canseco publicly accused A-Rod of cheating on Jennifer Lopez with his ex-wife, Jessica Canseco. In light of all this drama, we’ve compiled the definitive timeline of Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s relationship, all the way from friends to fíances. Take a look!
Before the Puerto-Rican triple threat and the Dominican All-Star were Hollywood’s reigning It Couple, they were mere acquaintances. The pair first met in 2005 at a Yankees vs. Mets Baseball game. At the time, Rodriguez was married to his first wife, Cynthia Scurtis, while Lopez was still married to Marc Anthony.
Lopez and Rodriguez reconnected twelve years later when they ran into each other at a restaurant. According to Lopez, they briefly said hello, but it was her who couldn’t resist continuing the conversations. “After [lunch] I went outside,” she said. “And for some reason I felt like tapping him on the shoulder”. He then asked her out to dinner via text.
By March 2017, neither J-Lo nor A-Rod were trying to hide the fact that they were dating. During the month, they were spotted vacationing together in The Bahamas. ARod’s sister also posted a selfie of herself with JLo, captioning it #miscuñis, which means things were moving along pretty nicely.
March 31st, 2017
When co-hosting “The View” at the end of March, Rodriguez had only great things to say about his new lady love: “She’s an amazing girl. We’re having a great time”. He also went on to say that J-Lo was “one of the smartest human beings I’ve ever met”. And he didn’t stop there! He showered on the compliments by calling her “an incredible mother” who “loves family”.
By April, it was J-Lo’s turn to gush about her boo-thing on the talk-show circuit. While being grilled about her new boyfriend by Ellen (naturally), Lopez called Rodriguez “a great guy,” this 100% confirming their relationship.
Never one to do things half-heartedly, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez made their public debut as a couple at arguably the most prestigious event in the world: the Met Gala, of course. This occasion also marked J-Lo’s debut on A-Rod’s Instagram–and the first of many.
By June 2017, it was obvious to the world that this couple was the real deal. Not only was Rodriguez gushing to the press that Jennifer was the ideal role model for his daughters, the pair was also taking glamorous European trips together and posting their adventures to their millions of followers on Instagram.
We all know that one of the most crucial steps of a relationship is when your signficant other accompanies you to a work event. Lopez and Rodriguez crossed this milestone when A-Rod accompanied her to the premiere of “World of Dance”–a show she stars in and produces. It’s for reasons like this that A-Rod calls her “one of the most brilliant business minds that [he’s] ever met”!
J-Lo and A-Rod took their relationship a step further when they spent Thanksgiving together in Rodriguez’s home. On Instagram, they shared with their followers that this was one of the many times they combined families for the holiday–further proof that they were very confident with where their relationship was.
Along with the power couple’s magazine cover debut on the December issue of “Vanity Fair”, the duo also debuted their new (and catchy) portmanteau: J-Rod (we’re pretty sure they had it trademarked before they went public).
Lopez and Rodriguez showed their Latinx pride by visiting Puerto Rico in January after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.
In the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar, JLo got candid about her relationship with A-Rod and addressed the possibility of a wedding on the horizon. “I do believe in marriage,” she said. “And I would love to grow old with somebody in a committed relationship. But I’m not forcing anything right now. It’s good, it’s healthy; we communicate well…We have a similar makeup.” All signs point to yes!
May 7, 2018
JLo and A-Rod attended their second Met Gala as a couple in matching couture Balmain outfits, cementing their status as style icons.
Lopez and Rodriguez spent her 49th birthday in one of their go-to vacation spots: The Bahamas. A-Rod took to Instagram to share a cute pic of their blended family on vacation along with a heartfelt tribute to his lady love. ” For someone who has been about giving everything she has 365 days a year—to our children, our families, the world,” he said. “I hope today, we can give you all the happiness you deserve. I love you mucho”.
A-Rod’s reaction to JLo’s epic VMA’s performance last August became a viral sensation, as his pride over his girlfriend’s triple-threat skills were all too apparent. Twitter was full of women wanting a man who looks at them like ARod looks at JLo.
A-Rod continued to support his girlfriend by attending events that were obviously important to her. In October, Rodriguez accompanied Lopez to Elle’s famous “Women in Hollywood” event. That night, he posted a supportive message to JLo on his Instagram: “With two young daughters and a woman I admire by my side, I know how important it is that we raise women up and teach our girls that there is no limit to what they can do.”
According to their Instagram accounts, J-Rod spent New Years eve in Malibu, again with their blended family. Rodriguez’s caption read: “As the sun sets on 2018, from our family to yours … #HappyNewYear everyone!”.
Lopez took her athlete-beau to the ultimate glamour event: The Oscars. The two shined in evening wear and Rodriguez was solidly by her side while she strutted the red carpet and presented awards.
On March 9th, J-Rod announced that they were engaged with mutual Instagram posts sharing the news. The Instagram posts showed off the 15-carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring, which is reported to be worth up to a cool $5 million.
March 10th, 2019
On Sunday night, former Major League Baseball player Jose Canseco accused A-Rod of cheating on J.Lo with his ex-wife, Jennifer Canseco. Before we get ahead of ourselves, it’s important to realize that Canseco has a history of making some pretty out-there statements (i.e. asking his Twitter followers to “spend the day with me and my alien Buddies”and insisting that he’s acquainted with “Bigfoot and a real alien”). In other words: there’s reason to doubt his word.
As of now, both JLo and ARod have remained silent in response to these explosive allegations, so there’s no way of knowing the veracity of the claims. Until then, all we can do is speculate and hope for the best!