Now that some time has passed since Hank's statement about mansion building, he has had time to recant and re-think his statement. He said that that specific statement was not directed at Jeter, instead it was directed at all those other Yankee players building mansions last year, which was apparently more than we thought.
"Everyone was building mansions last year." Explained Hank Steinbrenner. "Donald Trump, Jay-Z, Colonel Sanders, all of them. It wasn't just Jeter."
But when told that none of those individuals play for the Yankees, Steinbrenner gave a more complete explanation.
"Look, mansion building distracts baseball players. It doesn't matter if you're the one building it or not. Every day I'd walk in the clubhouse and the players would be reading the latest news on Donald Trump's new mansion. I'd ask them why they weren't taking batting practice and they'd tell me, they were more interested in the bathroom curtains that Trump was choosing for his latest monstrosity."
So there you have it, Hank was not actually refering to Derek Jeter's mansion, but mansion building in general, which apparently acts as a distraction to baseball players everywhere.