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Pete Rose denies allegations of statutory rape

Pete Rose joins The Howard Eskin Podcast

Howard Eskin
August 21, 2018 - 3:13 pm

Pete Rose is denying the allegations of statutory rape and is upset it cost him a spot in the Phillies' Wall of Fame. 

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"I was disappointed obviously because I had such a relationship with the Philly fans," Rose said on The Howard Eskin Podcast on Tuesday. "And I wanted to be there, I wanted to be on the Wall of Fame. That's an honor to be on the Wall of Fame. And I understand the Phillies position and I'm happy I played five years in Philadelphia. It's kind of amazing that everybody can react to a situation that supposedly happened 43 years ago. I mean, is anybody safe from anything?"

In 2015, Washington defense attorney John Dowd claimed in a radio interview that Rose had committed statutory rape by having sex with underage girls during his baseball career. Rose filed a defamation lawsuit against Dowd, the same man who investigated Rose for gambling, eventually leading to his ban from baseball.

In 2017, Dowd submitted an anonymous woman's account as evidence in defense against Rose's defamation lawsuit, alleging that she had a sexual relationship with Rose in 1973, as a 14 or 15-year-old in Ohio.  

"I just didn't like the fact that (Dowd is) on the radio saying I went out with underage girls in Florida, which was not true," Rose said. "That case is over with and John (Dowd) turned the page, he works for something else. And I work for (inaudible) sports in Houston. The way we live today, Howard, nothing is sacred. You could have did something supposedly 60 years ago today and they'll get you."

Rose previously acknowledged that he did have sex with the unidentified woman, but said he believed she was 16 at the time, the legal consent age in Ohio. 

Eskin asked Rose point blank if the allegations of statutory rape were true. 

"No, I didn't do it. No," said Rose. 

Listen to the full interview below.