Pete Rose Dismisses Rape Accusations At Phillies Celebration

MLB banned for betting on games. However, he returned to the field Sunday in Philadelphia as part of the Phillies’ celebration of their 1980 World Series win. Pete Rose quickly found himself at the epicenter of controversy.

Pete Rose Dismisses Rape Accusations At Phillies Celebration

In 2017, the Philadelphia team was going to honor Rose by inducting him into their Wall of Fame, but cancelled because of a woman’s accusation that she had a sexual relationship with him when she was a minor in the 1970s.

“I’m not here to talk about that,” Rose answered when he was asked what he might have said to female baseball reporter, Alex Coffey. “It was 55 years ago, babe.”

Rose said “I’m here for the Philly fans, I’m here for my teammates, I’m here for the Philly organization” and “who cares what happened 50 years ago? You weren’t even born [then].”

In testimony in federal court in 2017, a woman alleged she had a sexual relationship with Rose that began when she was below the age of consent. The woman, identified as Jane Doe, said in a sworn statement in court filings that the relationship started in 1973 and continued for a few years.

“Sometime after that, and I began meeting at a house in Cincinnati,” the woman said. “It was at that house where, before my 16th birthday, Pete Rose began a sexual relationship with me. This sexual relationship lasted for several years. Pete Rose also met me in locations outside of Ohio where we had sex.”

From 2017: Woman says she had sexual relationship with as an underage teen

In court filings, Rose admitted to having sex with the woman but said he believed she was 16, the age of consent in Ohio, and that their relationship began “sometime in 1975,” when he was 34. The statute of limitations had expired, so he could not be charged with statutory rape.

Rose filed a defamation lawsuit against an attorney who accused him of statutory rape, which was followed by the MLB investigation. The investigation led to Rose being banned for life for gambling on the Cincinnati Reds as a player and manager.

Rose was embraced by the fans on Sunday during a pre-game ceremony at the Phillies game.

Upon putting on the ring, Rose speaks to Coffey and it becomes apparent that he was unable to prepare a speech. The athlete then states that he is sorry for offending Coffey before apologizing and commits to signing 1,000 baseballs as a peace offering.

 

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