Apparently, it’s nothing more than a cigar claims CC Sabathia after the Yankees ace posted a picture, taken by an unknown photographer, on Instagram early Saturday afternoon showing him smoking what looks like a funny, little brown cigarette on the balcony of an Atlanta hotel.
On the Instagram account, Sabathia said he was smoking a cigar, but skeptics said otherwise,
Yankees' CC Sabathia laughs off a photographer's attempt at extortion. http://t.co/6QejVpX2S3 pic.twitter.com/lDAUKlbOHK— theScore (@theScore) August 30, 2015
“I wear [a Cavaliers] jersey to sleep, so I don’t know if it was [Saturday] or [Friday],’’ Sabathia said after someone contacted his wife beforehand about the photo, but insists it wasn't anything other than tobacco.
"Somebody emailed Amber this morning and said they had pictures of me doing something I wasn't supposed to be doing," Sabathia said before Saturday night's game against the Braves. "And I said, 'I wasn't doing anything I wasn't supposed to be doing.' That's why I put that picture up."
Sabathia, on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation, said he posted the picture before discussing it with his publicist.
A little more than an hour after he spoke with reporters, the photo of Sabathia — in the white Cavaliers LeBron James jersey — was removed, replaced by one of him sleeping with the caption: "I was told I had to take the pic down by a NY newspaper who bought it $$$."
The caption on the original photo read: "Shout out to the Paparazzi for catching me on the smallest balcony ever trying to relax with my 4 kids driving me crazy!"
Marijuana or not, this is the second time in the last two weeks that Sabathia has been at the center of an off-field controversy. On August 17, gossip website TMZ posted a video of him involved in a street fight outside a club in Toronto. In that clip, Sabathia had to be restrained and pushed into a taxi cab before being hauled away.
You go gangsta.