Indians’ Sizemore regrets photo hubbub
Fully clothed, Grady Sizemore faced his public with nothing to
Stung by having semi-nude photos of him posted on the Internet,
Cleveland’s popular center fielder said he never intended for the
photos, which Sizemore maintains were stolen from an e-mail
account, to be viewed publicly and that he regrets the
embarrassment their exposure has caused.
“It’s tough,” he said. “This is a situation where it’s a
private matter and personal photos were stolen illegally. I’ve
always tried to represent myself and the Cleveland organization as
best as possible and to put everybody through this is a terrible
feeling and I apologize to everybody.”
In November, the photos – one of Sizemore standing nearly naked
in front of a bathroom mirror – appeared online. Sizemore, who said
he took the photos for his girlfriend, contacted Major League
Baseball officials to stop them from spreading to Web sites.
On Wednesday night, Sizemore was a presenter at the Greater
Cleveland Sports Awards. After appearing on stage, Sizemore
addressed the scandal but failed to accept culpability in the
photos going public.
“This is a private matter,” he said. “I never intended for
any of this to get out. I hate to have to put everybody through
this, but in the end it just wasn’t meant to come out. It was meant
for me and my girlfriend and it just happened to work out the way
“You always have to be careful, but this was something that was
stolen out of an e-mail account. It wasn’t like we intended for
these pictures to go anywhere. We weren’t flying them anywhere. We
weren’t showing them to friends. This was stolen out of an e-mail
While Indians fans may move on, there’s a chance Sizemore may
hear more about the photos in opposing ballparks.
“I’m not going to speculate as to what people are going to
do,” he said. “I’ve put it behind me and I’m looking forward to
A two-time Gold Glove winner and three-time All-Star, Sizemore
underwent offseason surgery on his elbow and abdomen. He has been
cleared by doctors and won’t have any limitations when training
camp opens in a few weeks.
“I’ve been hitting and throwing and lifting and running and
everything has felt good,” he said.
Sizemore batted a career-low .248 with 18 homers and 64 RBIs
before deciding to stop playing on Sept. 4.