While Derek Jeter made a lot of headlines for his play on the field for the New York Yankees, he also made just as many for his exploits and romances off the field. Now, the former Major League Baseball star says that he learned that he had to “bite your tongue” in order to let a story go, even if he wanted to correct a mistake.
“A lot of times you’ve got to bite your tongue on a daily basis,” the 48-year-old Jeter told Eli Manning during an appearance on “The Eli Manning Show.” “With New York, I always felt as though you want to try to limit the distractions, and if you keep adding to a story it just becomes a distraction for a long period of time. So you address something once — I think there’s a lot of times people have stories out there you know are untrue, but if you do address it then it just continues to go.
“So I think, yeah, you have to bite your tongue in those situations. And then also, you were married younger than I was, so gossip pages know quite a bit on that.”
Manning, who knows a thing or two about dealing with New York tabloids, asked “You don’t miss Page Six?”
“I will never say anything bad about the gossip pages, ever. Just on record, I did not say a bad thing about Page Six or the gossip pages. I love all you guys. But yeah, anytime there’s something about your private life that’s not true, you’ve gotta bite your tongue,” Jeter said.
Jeter is now married with three children and seems pretty content with his post-playing days, especially since it means he doesn’t get quite the same press coverage he got back then.