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Rudy Giuliani

DEFENDS A-ROD

'He's One of the Greatest Players Ever'

7/10/2013 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani doesn't give two craps about steroids allegations ... telling TMZ, Yankees fans should STOP dumping on Alex Rodriguez because he's a baseball legend ... and a good person, too.

Yankees fans have been crushing A-Rod for years -- some say he's overpaid, some say he's overrated, some just like to give him grief -- but now that the famous third baseman is smack in the crosshairs of ANOTHER steroid investigation, the opprobrium has reached new levels.

But Giuliani tells us, it has to stop now -- "I was one of the first to say that Yankee fans should not boo A-Rod. He's on our team. You gotta root for him. I think he's one of the greatest players ever."

For the record, A-Rod admitted to using banned substances from 2001 to 2003 ... but he was never punished by MLB.

Now, with Rodriguez possibly connected to Biogenesis (which allegedly supplied PEDs to baseball players), Alex is drawing some serious fire from Yank fans.

Still, Rudy's got his back: "I happen to know him personally," Giuliani tells TMZ ... "He's a really good man."

So we gotta ask ...

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24 COMMENTS

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1.

Laura    

Pretty sure Rudy's opinion isn't all that relevant anymore.

413 days ago
2.

Pudding Tang    

What a shocker!... a cheater defending another cheater. Unheard of, I tell ya.

413 days ago
3.

OtherPeoplesPain    

I'm on the exact same computer every day. No software has changed on it. Some days your site actually works correctly, most days it doesn't. Time to spend a little money on decent web developers since this has been going on for years no?

413 days ago
4.

twinsies    

Leave it to Rudy to think chating is no big deal.

413 days ago
5.

tmz addict    

everyone just has that one problem

413 days ago
6.

Glynn    

Giuliani is an old, senile idiot and Rodriquez is just an overrated cheater.

413 days ago
7.

TPF    

He's a cheater and darn sure not worth what he is being paid. Never was! He should be banned for life

413 days ago
8.

PoopsyOopsy    

A-Rod is a major league tool. Rudy...please.

413 days ago
9.

shuasmum    

I swear, if you knew what the word root means here in Australia, you wouldn't be using it in that context. Makes me have impure thoughts (and laugh a lot) when Americans use the word in this context!

413 days ago
10.

Michelle    

A person who lies or cheats is not a good person. A-Rod may be a "likable" guy, however a good man he is not! Our 8 year-old son idolizes A-Rod (we live in L.A. and he could idolize a Dodger player but no, he loves A-Rod) and it is difficult when my husband and I to tell our sons that their "idols" have been arrested for.....you name it. We had the same issue with our 10 year-old son when his favorite player from his favorite team was arrested for murder a week ago (Hernandez). Not understanding the enormity and seriousness of this case, our son continued telling us "he didn't do it". He has several Hernandez jerseys (which will be thrown into the garbage), posters, etc. I understand that these sports figures ARE normal human beings and must live their lives. However, they love public support and adoration to feed their egos. When one puts him/herself into a very public position, they need to be careful....a lot of children look up to sports figures yearning to "be like them". We use such experiences as teachable moments for our boys. Lying, cheating, drug use, domestic abuse, harming anyone with words OR objects will eventually destroy a person. It WILL catch up with you like it or not! "A true test of one's character is how one behaves when no one is watching...."

413 days ago
11.

hitman_4hire    

Guys, its just Rudy Giuliani opinion. You cant say that someone is wrong about their opinion unless they are stating it as a fact of life. He said that A-Rod is the best player HE has ever seen, just like some have mentioned that tom brady is the best they've ever seen.

413 days ago
12.

Berserk    

F*** A-Roid

413 days ago
13.

Lucky_130    

I like A Rod, he is really rich

413 days ago
14.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

So the law-and-order mayor doesn´t care if someone may have broken the law --- several laws, in fact --- in a big way? Smells like hypocrisy to me...

413 days ago
15.

Toilethead    

Without the 'roids he would have been just an average player.

413 days ago
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