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Derek Jeter Finally Addresses Longtime ‘Gift Basket’ Rumor

The former Yankees captain has long dodged salacious rumors about his dating life, but has now finally acknowledged one of the most infamous of the bunch.



The former Yankees captain has always shied away from lewd claims about his love life, but he has now openly admitted to one of the most notorious of them.

Derek Jeter, one of the most well-known figures in New York, led the Yankees back to baseball dominance over his 20 years as the team’s face. But with all that attention from the Big Apple came scrutiny, not the least of which was directed at the love life of the Yankees captain. On Tuesday, Jeter addressed one of the more obscene rumors that had been swirling around him for the majority of the previous ten years.

Jeter dispelled the idea that he would give his one-night stands a gift basket the morning after they spent the night at his apartment before the premiere of The Captain, an ESPN docuseries about his life and career. The New York Post reported in 2011 that Jeter had a practice of “coldly sending them home alone with gift baskets of autographed souvenirs.” This rumor was based on that report.

Jeter, who is typically reluctant to talk about his personal life, eventually recognized this particular detail and dismissed it as nothing more than news for the tabloids.


“I read the piece, yes. According to the Daily Beast, Jeter said, “Of course, yeah. When you see it, you may wonder, “How the f—- did they come up with this? Basically, that’s all there is to it. And who would buy this nonsense? And you were convinced!

It’s interesting that Jeter waited until now to vehemently refute the report, given how much attention it garnered at the time. He claimed that during random encounters in the open, people had even brought it up to him.

One day, Jeter recalled, he was in a Starbucks when a stranger behind me remarked, “Hey, I just want to let you know that I’m giving out gift baskets because you did.” The expression on his face when I spun around and shouted, “You’re an f——— moron!” He must have thought I would respond with, “Yeah, good job, man! ” It’s a tale that has grown in scope. This untrue story is constantly being repeated. Never took place.

The Captain, a seven-part television series, will debut its first episode on ESPN on July 18.


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