Former MLB star Alex Rodriguez opened about his suspension from the league.
“One of the best things that happened to me was my suspension in 2014,” Rodriguez told Mansueto Ventures CEO Eric Schurenberg. “I had to make a paradigm shift. I really had to understand why I would self-implode with no reasons. I served the longest suspension in Major League Baseball history.
Rodriguez was suspended for the entirety of the 2014 season for using performance-enhancing drugs. (RELATED: Jennifer Lopez Talks About Relationship With A-Rod And The Reason She Almost Turned Down Stripper Role)
The year 2014 became the most pivotal year of my life,” he added. “Some very, very long nights, some very lonely nights. Looking in the mirror. Having to answer some tough questions. Then, the most important thing is taking full accountability for my mistakes. The suspension cost me probably north of $45 million, probably more. It was worth every penny. That exercise was the hardest thing I’d ever had to do in my life … to let people down, and then look them in the eye, or make that phone call, and say I’m sorry.”
It sucks that this had to happen to Rodriguez, but it’s inspiring to hear him talk about the ways that it changed his life.