Pete Rose on Ban for Gambling: ‘I Would Have Been Better Off Beating My Wife’

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Tyrone Black
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Pete Rose on Ban for Gambling: ‘I Would Have Been Better Off Beating My Wife’

In light of all that has transpired in Major League Baseball regarding performance enhancement drugs, the legendary – and disgraced – Baseball player Pete Rose has weighed in.

The league imposed a lifelong ban from Baseball on Rose, the all-time hits leader, for his gambling on sports nearly 24 years ago. 

Pete was candid about his lifetime ban from Major League Baseball and getting a second chance to return to the game, speaking to KDKA Pittsburgh.

“You have to understand, I don’t call these guys to do shows, they call me,” Rose said during the interview.  “And of course with all this steroid talk and the 12 guys being suspended and A-Rod appealing, they want my input because I’m suspended for life. Hey, everything is a different case. I made mistakes. I can’t whine about it. I’m the one that messed up and I’m paying the consequences. However, if I am given a second chance, I won’t need a third chance. And to be honest with you, I picked the wrong vice. I should have picked alcohol. I should have picked drugs or I should have picked up beating up my wife or girlfriend because if you do those three, you get a second chance. They haven’t given too many gamblers second chances in the world of baseball.”

Rose, who undeniably would have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by now if not for the lifelong ban, only admitted to betting on games a little over 10 years ago. 

- Tyrone Black,

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