Donald Trump has branded A-Rod ‘only great when on drugs’ after the baseball player moved out of an apartment owned by the real estate king.
The wealthy businessman took to Twitter to criticise Alex Rodriguez for his performance for the New York Yankees, calling him a ‘$30m/yr rip off’.
Mr Trump’s outspoken comments about A-Rod being ‘unable to perform’ because he is no longer ‘on the juice’ have provoked outrage among some baseball fans.
The 66-year-old began his attack on the Yankee on Saturday, when he tweeted: ‘Everyone’s wondering what’s wrong with A-Rod. Not one sports writer blames it on his not being able to use drugs anymore– the real reason.’
He questioned the player’s confidence and, the following day, suggested he leave the team after such a poor performance.
Yesterday, he continued his character assassination, tweeting: ‘A-Rod is just not making it. We want to give him a chance but it was only drugs that made him great.’
The Apprentice host was referring to Rodriguez’s 2009 admission that he took performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003.
Major League Baseball was not punishing players for taking steroids at the time.
Soon, another reason for Mr Trump’s barbed comments emerged, however, with him equating sporting failure with moving out of his apartments.
First, he linked Yankee player Derek Jeter’s injury with him selling his Trump-owned home.
He tweeted: ‘Derek Jeter had a great career until 3 days ago when he sold his apartment at Trump World Tower- I told him not to sell- karma?’
Then, despite Twitter users calling the comment ‘idiotic’ and telling him he was ‘stepping on a man when he’s down’, he launched a similar tirade about Rodriguez.
He later added: ‘A-Rod should donate his contract to charity. He doesn’t make the @yankees any money and he doesn’t perform. He is a $30M/yr rip off.’
Some baseball fans reacted angrily, however, with one tweeting: ‘@realDonaldTrump tweets on A-rod are rough…’
Others questioned Mr Trump’s motives, asking: ‘so I should buy your real estate if I want to be a pro MLB player?’
Last week, Mr Trump more of an explanation for his antipathy towards Rodriguez, again on the social networking site.
He tweeted: ‘Great move to take A-Rod out of game. Now terminate his contract based on misrepresentation (drugs).
‘Asking why my dislike of A-Rod–dishonorable dealings with me on an apartment deal.’
A-Rod has not yet publicly responded.