A-Rod is in A-Lot of trouble again. But this time he messed with kids, and that’s really not cool.
The Boston Globe identified a number of offenders in its recent review of 150 Internal Revenue Service filings by 50 nonprofits run by professional athletes. One of the worst organizations was the A-Rod Family Foundation, which gave just 1 percent of its proceeds to charity during its first year of operation.
The IRS stripped the foundation of its tax-exempt status after it stopped submitting required financial reports, according to the Globe, but the organization’s website is still up and running and claims to be a 501c3.
The website says that it's devoted to helping distressed families by supporting educational and mental health programs. But right off the bat, A-Rod appeared to be stiffing the cause. In 2006, its inaugural year, he hosted a celebrity poker tournament with Jay-Z and raised $403,862. According to the Globe, just $5,000 went to Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund and $90 to a Little League Baseball club in Miami.
At the time, the third baseman seemed intent on giving struggling kids a chance to succeed.
"There are a lot of depressed children out there, a lot of children who don't want to live and think there's no hope," Rodriguez told MLB.com back in 2006. "My life is the perfect example of an underdog who did good, so I want to help those kids out there."
He even went on to share his plans of opening the “Alex and Cynthia Rodriguez Health Care Center,” five to 10 years after getting his first foundation off the ground.
Should the troubled athlete decide to take another swing at charity, we suggest he take a line out of Carmelo Anthony’s playbook. His Carmelo Anthony Foundation helps empower kids in need through sports. He gave 87 percent to charity between and 2008 and 2010, according to the Globe.
Back in September, he visited Puerto Rico to unveil the new basketball courts his organization built at a public housing complex, the Associated Press reported.
"There's plenty of kids down there who need role models," Anthony said at a news conference, according to the AP. "I grew up in a situation like that. ... It was survival of the fittest."
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story named Carmelo Anthony's charity as the Forever Young Foundation for Children.
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2) He Owns A Mercedez Dealership
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3) He Likes His Popcorn Hand Fed
At Super Bowl 45, A-Rod's ex-girlfriend, Cameron Diaz, was spotted awkwardly <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/06/alex-rodriguez-fed-popcor_n_819338.html" target="_hplink">feeding</a> the baseball star. Diaz addressed the incident on the 'Late Show With David Letterman,' saying it was a playful moment when Rodriguez reached for one of the last pieces of popcorn in the bucket, and she denied him. Then, she told him, <a href="http://www.aoltv.com/2011/06/21/cameron-diaz-feeds-popcorn-to-david-letterman-on-late-show-vi/" target="_hplink">"You know what, I love you too much. I'm gonna give it to you. You deserve it."</a>
4) He's Half-Horse
Well not exactly, but in 2009 an "ex" told US Weekly an interesting fact about A-Rod's home decor. <a href="http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/ex-alex-rodriguez-had-portraits-of-himself-as-a-centaur-over-his-bed-20093010" target="_hplink"> "He had not one, but two painted portraits of himself as a centaur. You know, the half man, half horse figure?"</a> Oh, we know.
5) He Has No Problem With PDA
We knew him and Derek Jeter were close, but this image really takes the cake. It's ok A-Rod, a little 'Bromance' never hurt anybody.
6) He Likes To Kiss Himself In The Mirror
It looks like Jeter has a litte competition! In 2009, the baseball star did a photo shoot with <em><a href="http://www.details.com/celebrities-entertainment/cover-stars/200903/photos-of-yankee-alex-rodriguez#slide=1" target="_hplink">Details</a></em> magazine in which he posed in tight shirts longingly staring at himself in a mirror. It's important to love yourself, and Alex isn't afraid to show it.
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7) He Likes To Play Guitar In His Underwear
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8) He Likes Showing Off His Underwear
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9) There's A Stadium Named After Him
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10) He Likes To Slap Balls
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