Yankees ban Reggie Jackson

Reggie Jackson. (STEVE NESIUS/Reuters file photo)

Reggie Jackson. (STEVE NESIUS/Reuters file photo)

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, Last Updated: 8:38 PM ET

While Reggie Jackson has apologized for making nasty comments about Alex Rodriguez, the former New York Yankees great has been barred indefinitely from the team.

Jackson, a special adviser to senior Yankees management, was told to stay away from the team last week, ESPN reported Monday.

Jackson wasn't with the Yankees for a four-game series completed Sunday at Fenway Park in Boston. He will be allowed back at some point, a source said.

"He's trying to rectify everything," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Jackson told Sports Illustrated that A-Rod's 642 career homers should be called into question because of the slugger's admitted use of performance-enhancing drugs.

"Al's a very good friend," Jackson said of the Yankees third baseman. "But I think there are real questions about his numbers. As much as I like him, what he admitted about his usage does cloud some of his records."

Rodriguez responded jokingly: "With friends like that, who needs enemies?"


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