Reggie Jackson released a statement on Thursday regarding his recent comments that appeared in Sports Illustrated.

In the article, Jackson criticized the Hall of Fame for inducting players he deemed unworthy, and he named Gary Carter, Kirby Puckett, Phil Niekro, Don Sutton, Jim Rice and Bert Blyleven as undeserving.

"In trying to convey my feelings about a few issues that I am passionate about, I made the mistake of naming some specific players," Jackson said in the statement, issued through the Yankees. "This was inappropriate and unfair to those players, some of which are very close friends of mine. I think there are ways to speak from the heart without hurting people, and I'm disappointed that I didn't take greater care in expressing my views."

Jackson, 66, also said in the article that there were questions about the legitimacy of Alex Rodriguez's home run total because Rodriguez has admitted using performance-enhancing drugs for three seasons from 2001-03.

"I have been proactively reaching out to make personal apologies to those within the Hall of Fame community that I offended, and to the Yankees organization for any disruption that I caused in the clubhouse," Jackson said in the statement. "I continue to have a strong relationship with the club, and look forward to continuing in my role with the team. As always, I remain dedicated to the great game of baseball."

Jackson was told to stay away from the Yankees during their trip to Boston last weekend, but Jackson said the decision "mutual," to avoid being a distraction.

He said Monday he has not been banned or suspended by the Yankees, and apparently he will keep his position with the Yankees as an adviser.