Former baseball star Pete Rose has come under fire on social media for dismissing a question about claims he had sex with a minor decades ago.
The 17-time MLB star was also a player-coach for the Cincinnati Reds from 1984 until his retirement as an active player in 1986, remaining as a Reds coach until he was finally banned from the sport in 1989 for playing on MLB. games between 1985 and 1987.
Rose, now 81, faced another scandal decades later when a woman identified only as Jane Doe alleged in 2017 that she had sex with Rose when she was 15 years old in 1973. At the time, Rose was married and had two children. His lawyers said the allegations were unverified. Because the statute of limitations for statutory rape has passed, Rose could not be criminally charged in connection with these allegations.
Rose made an appearance at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Sunday to celebrate his role in the 1980 Philadelphia Phillies championship, and he left no doubt he was unwilling to respond to statutory rape allegations. .
Alex Coffey, a Phillies writer for The Philadelphia Investigatorrevealed the details of their exchange, Tweeter“I asked Pete Rose what he would say to people who say his presence here sends a negative message to women. His response: ‘No, I’m not here to talk about that. Sorry about that. C ‘was 55 years ago baby.'”
Coffey then shared that she spoke with Rose again after the ceremony, after another party said the former baseball player “had something to say to her.”
“Rose was released after the ceremony,” Coffey said. “Someone, possibly an agent, told me they had something to tell me, but they didn’t seem to know they were expected to say anything. ‘ asked if he had offended me and said ‘Will you forgive me if I sign 1000 baseballs for you’ before saying ‘sorry'”.
According The Philadelphia Investigatorwhen The Associated Press asked Rose about his trade with Coffey, he replied, “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.
“And who cares what happened 50 years ago? You weren’t even born. So you shouldn’t talk about it, because you weren’t born. on this subject.”
Rose’s response and her mere presence at the celebratory event sparked an outcry among a number of Twitter users.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! star and sports broadcaster Sal Iacono, popularly known as Cousin Sal, commented: “Is it possible that Pete Rose bet on himself as a total dip *** today?”
This sentiment was echoed by a host of Twitter users, who posted en masse to share their thoughts on Rose.
“Pete Rose was and continues to be an absolutely horrible person,” wrote Jesse Thorn, NPR host bull’s-eye.
When a Twitter user suggested that Rose was asked a “hostile question”, Thorn replied“That was a perfectly appropriate question, relevant to the situation. He revealed a lot in his answer, and a reporter reported it. That’s how it’s supposed to work.”
Josh Innes, a host for Nashville radio station WNRQ, pointed out that there was a particular level of irony in Rose’s response to Coffey’s question.
“Pete Rose says something that happened a long time ago doesn’t matter…while being in Philadelphia to celebrate something that happened a long time ago,” Innes tweeted.
Meanwhile, Athleticism Writer Zach Buchanan pointed out that the whole trade could have easily been prevented by the powers that be at the Phillies.
“Pete Rose should be asked about this until the day he dies, but all of this – how the necessary questions, and his silly, sexist answers distract from the celebration of former Phillies greats – could have been avoided. by the organization, just not inviting it”, Buchanan said.
The Phillies had planned to honor Rose in 2017 and induct her into their Hall of Fame before the statutory rape allegations arose.
Rose admitted in 2017 to having had a relationship with the woman in question, although he insisted she was 16 at the time, which is the legal age of consent in Ohio. He further contradicted his accuser’s account by stating that none of their sexual encounters took place outside of Ohio.
Ahead of celebratory events, the Phillies championed the inclusion of Rose, who former President Donald Trump says should be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Phillies said in a statement“In planning the 1980 reunion, we consulted with Pete’s teammates about his inclusion.
“Everyone wants Pete to be part of the festivities as there would be no trophy in 1980 without him. In addition, the club has received permission from the Commissioner’s Office to invite Pete as a member of the championship team.