Pete Rose dismisses questions over statutory rape claims in return to Philadelphia: ‘It was 55 years in the past, babe’

On Sunday, the 81-year-old was part of the celebration of the 1980 Philadelphia Phillies World Collection championship group at Residents Financial institution Park the place he obtained a standing ovation.

The Phillies deliberate on honoring Rose in 2017 however selected to not after a lady alleged that he had intercourse together with her when she was lower than 16 years previous.

Earlier than the sport, Rose was requested by Philadelphia Inquirer author Alex Coffey concerning the 2017 sexual assault allegations and whether or not his presence on the ballpark sends a unfavorable message to girls.

“No, I’m not here to talk about that,” Rose responded. “Sorry about that. It was 55 years ago, babe.”

One other reporter requested Rose once more concerning the 2017 story and the way it could have an effect on how followers and ladies view him when he was made accessible to the media.

Rose stated: “I’m going to tell you one more time. I’m here for the Philly fans. I’m here for my teammates, OK. I’m here for the Philly organization and who cares what happened 50 years ago. You weren’t even born. So, you shouldn’t be talking about it, because you weren’t born. If you don’t know a damn thing about it, don’t talk about it.”

The alleged assault was a part of a defamation lawsuit introduced by Rose towards the lawyer who investigated him on behalf of Main League Baseball for betting on baseball within the Nineteen Eighties.

Rose filed a defamation lawsuit towards lawyer John Dowd in 2017 for alleging that Rose had intercourse with underage ladies.

In court docket paperwork, Rose admitted that he had intercourse with the feminine however claimed that he didn’t accomplish that till 1975, when she was 16 years previous, and he was taking part in for the Cincinnati Reds. The swimsuit would later be dismissed after each side reached an settlement. In Ohio, 16 years of age is taken into account the age of consent.

Rose’s lawyer has referred to as the lady’s claims unverified.

Coffey later wrote in her information story: “Rose was made available after the ceremony. Someone, maybe an agent, said he had something to say to me, but he didn’t seem to know he was expected to say anything. He asked if he’d offended me, and said ‘will you forgive me if I sign 1000 baseballs for you’ before saying ‘sorry.'”

Rose during an alumni day event before a game between the Phillies and the Nationals.

In an announcement final month, the Phillies defined why Rose was invited for the festivities.

“In planning the 1980 reunion, we consulted with Pete’s teammates about his inclusion. Everyone wants Pete to be part of the festivities since there would be no trophy in 1980 without him. In addition, the club received permission from the Commissioner’s Office to invite Pete as a member of the championship team.”

In 5 seasons with the Phillies, Rose notched 826 of his 4,256 hits.

Rose was banned from baseball in 1989 for betting on Reds video games whereas he was a participant/supervisor for the group. He has been declared ineligible for election to baseball’s corridor of fame.

For years, Rose denied betting on baseball and wagering on his personal group. In 2004, he admitted in his autobiography that he wager on baseball whereas Reds supervisor. Three years later, he informed ESPN Radio that he wager on the Reds to win each night time.