For years the former Reds star denied he gambled while he was a player but new documents indicate that was a lie. It’s time to keep him away from baseball
If there were a hall of fame for liars, connivers and manipulators Pete Rose would be elected on the first ballot. It shouldn’t take an ESPN investigation to stifle a half-baked movement new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has been feeding in revisiting the question of allowing Rose anywhere near Major League Baseball. Rose has been trying to swindle us for years.
Nobody plays a fool quite like Pete Rose, dangling contrition just enough to pull at the heartstrings of a public that feels there is nothing more un-American than banning baseball’s all-time hits leader from the game. For years he insisted he never bet on baseball. Then when evidence grew that he not only bet on baseball games, but did so on his own team, he made a distinction that he only bet on Cincinnati Reds games as their manager. On Monday, that flimsy parsing of fact blew up when written evidence was unsealed that showed he bet on the Reds while also playing for the Reds.