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FOUL PLAY: Philadelphia baseball legend Pete Rose IGNORES question about alleged sex with minor

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Pete Rose, who was in Philadelphia on Sunday August 7 to celebrate the 1980 world champions, ignored a question about his alleged relationship with a minor decades ago. “No, I’m not here to talk about that. Sorry about that. That was 55 years ago, baby,” he told Philadelphia Inquirer Phillies female writer Alex Coffey.

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Rose, 81, a 17-time All-Star, was banned from baseball in 1989 for betting on sports from 1985 to 1987. He declined to comment further on the allegations against him. “I’ll tell you one more time. I’m here for the Philadelphia fans. I’m here for my teammates. I’m here for the Phillies organization,” Rose reportedly said. “And it doesn’t matter what happened 50 years ago. You weren’t even born. So you shouldn’t talk about it, because you weren’t born. If you don’t know anything about it, don’t talk about it.

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Coffey said a rep for Rose later approached her to apologize on her behalf. “Will you forgive me if I sign you 1,000 baseballs? Rose joked with her, before saying “sorry”. The Phillies had said in a previous statement that not everyone should be part of the event. “In planning the 1980 reunion, we consulted with Pete’s teammates about his inclusion,” the team said. Everyone wants Pete to be part of the festivities since there would be no trophy in 1980 without him. Additionally, the club received permission from the commissioner’s office to invite Pete as a member of the Championship team.

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What were the allegations against Pete Rose?

A woman identified as Jane Doe earlier claimed she had sex with Rose in 1973 when she was just 14 or 15. Rose was married at the time and had two children. Rose’s attorney said the allegations against him were unverified. Rose admitted in 2017 that he had a relationship with the woman, but claimed she was under the legal age of consent in Ohio, which is 16. Going against the accuser’s account, he said he had no sexual relationship outside of Ohio.

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Rose agreed to a permanent baseball betting ban several years ago. He retired after the 1986 season as the sport’s all-time leader with 4,256 hits and 3,562 games played.

In 1984, Rose took over as player/manager of the Reds and would have spent six seasons as manager of the Cincinnati Reds. During this time, he reportedly started betting on the Reds regularly. In August 1989, Rose was given a permanent baseball ineligibility after being accused of betting on baseball games while playing for the Reds and while managing the team. The charges against him included allegations that he bet on his own team.

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In 1990, Rose was sentenced to five months in prison and fined $50,000 for cheating on her taxes for failing to report more than $354,000 in income from the sale of baseball memorabilia, appearances autographs and games of chance. “I have no excuse because it’s all my fault,” he said at the time. “I lost my dignity, I lost my self-respect. . . and I almost lost many dear friends.

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