Alex Rodriguez, in case you haven't heard, is seemingly the new Most Hated Man In Baseball, ostensibly replacing commissioner Bud Selig (for now). Rodriguez was slammed with a 211-game suspension due to his role in the MLB's latest steroid scandal in which "A-Roid," as fans have taken to calling the former superstar, was cited with steroid use and attempts to hide his involvement by "engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate" the investigation, according to the MLB's official report.

Why is this on a car site, then? Because Rodriguez' name is attached Alex Rodriguez Mercedes-Benz in League City, TX. An Ad Age report cites Mercedes-Benz USA in saying that A-Rod owns "about half'" of the dealership. Mercedes, for what it's worth, isn't going to any to any lengths to distance itself from its dealership or its controversial namesake, saying, "We never promoted the fact that A-Rod owned a dealership, so there's really nothing to 'distance' ourselves from. And since his activity is not illegal but rather prohibited by MLB, there's nothing actionable here."

With the scandal still a fresh piece of news and A-Rod's pending appeal, it's difficult to tell what sort of effect, if any, his name will have on the dealership's sales. Ad Age contacted the GM of Alex Rodriguez Mercedes-Benz to get the dealership's view, but no calls were returned. According to Mercedes, any name change is up to Rodriguez and his partner(s) at the dealership. Somehow, though, we think A-Rod has other things to worry about beyond his dealership's name.

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      For some reason I'm not worried about the fate of a multi-millionaire, privileged baseball player. Or his Mercedes Benz dealership.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dealership owners using steroids rank low on my list of reasons to not go to a dealer.
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      could careless who owns a more about the deal i get on the car
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      YES......................DOES it realy MATTER?
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      When buying a car I really can give a crap about the name who sold it, When I buy a car it is the type/brand of car I want, can care less about the dealers name or beliefs.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who cares? I would still buy a car and say hey, give me a bigger discount. Its a name people, not a life changing event. Drama much.
      • 2 Years Ago
      well if the dealership didn't have a problem before, it may now - thanks media for letting everyone know and once again stirring up trouble
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if anyone in TX knew he owned it? I bet not as they were pissed when he left there to go to NY and would most likely not support that dealership then. This is why it is not promoted as his dealership.
      Alex Rodriguez MacFa
      • 2 Years Ago
      My dealership is fine only the AMGs joined me on the project!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Big deal! Is this really news worthy?
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        Only to those with such perfectly adjusted lives that they have nothing betetr to do than worry about.... others.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This would be a "problem" for the dealership ONLY if idiots shop there regularly. A-Roid plays baseball, this guy does not.
      Papa Hunk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow - maybe their sales will drop so much offers at 95% off will be made. I would consider buying one from them with a deal that much in my favor.
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