Just as Pete Rose appeared to be making inroads to fixing his relationship with Major League Baseball, an ESPN report detailing a sworn statement by an unidentified woman in a court case that alleges she and Rose had a sexual relationship prior to her 16th birthday while Rose was a member of the Cincinnati Reds back in the ’70s.
The court case stems from a defamation suit brought by Rose against John Dowd, who oversaw baseball’s investigation into Rose that led to him being banned from baseball in 1989. Dowd made the allegations against Rose during a radio interview in 2015 when Dowd mentioned hearing of Rose having sexual relationships with girls as young as 12 during Spring Training.
In response to the sworn statement, Rose acknowledged having sex with the woman, but said he had information and believed that she was over the age of 16, which is the age of consent in Ohio, where the relationship occurred.
The Phillies were set to honor Rose with inclusion onto their Wall of Fame and with a bobble-head giveaway next weekend. In a statement issued by Rose, the decision to not have him participate appears to be mutual between he and the Phillies.
“While I am truly honored that the Phillies fans have voted for me to be this year’s Wall of Fame inductee, I am concerned that other matters will overshadow the goodwill associated with Alumni Weekend, and I agree with the decision not to participate.”
The Phillies won’t induct any new members onto their Wall of Fame during this year’s weekend, and the bobble-head giveaway scheduled for August 11th has been cancelled.
Rose’s suit alleges that Dowd’s interview cost Rose hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial damage, including receiving much less licensing money for a Las Vegas sports bar bearing his name than he would have received. That sports bar has since gone out of business.