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Alex Rodriguez Sits Down With Ryan Lochte To Help Him Rebuild His Career After Public Fall From Grace

“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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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