Derek Jeter denies rumor that he gave gift baskets to women

For all the insight “The Captain” provides to Derek Jeter, the first five episodes delve little into Jeter’s dating history, resulting in some of the most incredulous ESPN graphics ever.

But they discussed gift baskets.

During one of the many sections dealing with Jeter’s handling of fame in New York, Emily Smith, editor of the New York Post Page Six, appears. She said a source she trusted at the time described receiving gift baskets and souvenirs after leaving her residence. Smith said he saw photos of the goods but decided not to post them.

“It’s tough because Derek wouldn’t comment and of course the team wouldn’t comment,” she said.

Jeter denies such a practice in the documentary. As a player, he said he didn’t understand why they asked him and not teammates such as Bernie Williams or Paul O’Neill.

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Jeter recalls his reaction upon reading the first article was, “How do (expletive) people come to this?”

Shortly after, Jeter recounted, a man behind him in the Starbucks line said he started extending the gesture. Jeter said he turned around and told the guy “You’re a (expletive) idiot.”

“Does he think I was going to say, ‘Yeah, good job man? ‘ Jeter said.

Smith described the gift basket saga as a glimpse into an otherwise private celebrity. She also maintained that it never insinuated that Jeter was romantic with these women, which Jeter said she should clarify.

For Jeter, everything has become “larger than life”.

“People keep regurgitating this story that never happened,” he said. “Never happened.”

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