A female is claiming she had a sexual relationship in the 1970s with former baseball star Pete Rose. She says she was only 14 or 15 years old at the time.
The revelation came out Monday via her sworn testimony submitted to a Philadelphia court.
According to Fox News, the testimony was presented by the defense as part of a federal lawsuit Rose filed last year in Philadelphia against a lawyer whose investigation got baseball’s all-time hits leader kicked out of Major League Baseball for gambling.
Pete Rose, who played for the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies, claims lawyer John Dowd defamed him in 2015 by saying during a radio interview that Rose had raped young teen girls during spring training. Dowd, 76, is a Washington-based attorney who is currently on President Donald Trump’s legal team in the Russia investigation.
Pete Rose, who is now 76 and remains kicked out of Major League Baseball (MLB), has admitted to having a sexual relationship with the woman when she was 16 but states there is nothing illegal about it. In Ohio, 16 is the legal age of consent.
Pete Rose’s lawyer, Ray Genco, said the woman’s claims are unworthy of consideration. “At this point, it’s just a big distraction,” Genco said. “It tips me off that (Dowd) really can’t defend himself.”
Dowd investigated Pete Rose in the late 1980s for gambling on the Cincinnati Reds games while he was the team’s manager. Players and coaches betting on baseball games is against MLB rules.
Rose, despite being marked as one of the greatest hitters of all time, accepted a lifetime ban from the league for his betting activity. As a result, he is not listed in the Hall of Fame.
The unidentified woman claims Rose called her in 1973 when she was 14 or 15. She says the two had a sexual relationship in Cincinnati that lasted for many years. The woman also alleges that Pete Rose set up times for them to have sex outside the state of Ohio.
Rose, who was married with kids at the time of the sexual encounters, denies he had sex with the woman outside the state of Ohio but does not deny the sex took place.
Rose, who now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, is appealing to Major League Baseball to be reinstated.
ABOUT PETE ROSE
Peter Edward Rose Sr. (born April 14, 1941), also known by his nickname “Charlie Hustle“, is an American former professional baseball player and manager. Rose played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1963 to 1986, and managed from 1984 to 1989.
Rose, a switch hitter, is the all-time MLB leader in hits (4,256), games played (3,562), at-bats (14,053), singles (3,215), and outs (10,328). He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year Award, and also made 17 All-Star appearances at an unequaled five different positions (second baseman, left fielder, right fielder, third baseman, and first baseman). Rose won both of his Gold Gloves as an outfielder in 1969 and 1970.
In August 1989, three years after he retired as an active player, Rose agreed to permanent ineligibility from baseball amidst accusations that he gambled on baseball games while playing for and managing the Reds, including claims that he bet on his own team. In 1991, the Baseball Hall of Fame formally voted to ban those on the “permanently ineligible” list from induction, after previously excluding such players by informal agreement among voters. In 2004, after years of public denial, Rose admitted to betting on baseball and on, but not against, the Reds. The issue of Rose’s possible reinstatement and election to the Hall of Fame remains a contentious one throughout baseball.
On June 22, 2015, ESPN concluded an investigation and determined that Rose bet on baseball while still a player-manager, from 1984 to 1986. The investigation also made public the existence of records of bets made by Rose on baseball, which had been seized by US federal authorities from an associate of Rose.
In 2016, Rose was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. In 2017, Pete was inducted as a member of the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame (he had previously been inducted as the first baseman for the Phillies’ Centennial Team in 1983).
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