If you enjoyed Pete Rose’s contributions to Fox Sports MLB broadcasts last year, the Hollywood Reporter has some bad news.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader will not continue at the cable network, where he was slated to return to the desk as part of its coverage of postseason games. Fox Sports declined comment.
According to documents filed in a defamation lawsuit Rose filed against John Dowd, Rose admitted having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old woman in the 1970s. He was in his 30s and married at the time.
The now-grown woman told Dowd’s lawyers their relationship began before she was 16, the age of consent in Ohio.
Rose filed suit against Dowd after the latter told a radio station in 2015 that Michael Bertolini, Rose’s business partner and alleged bookie, told him he used to arranged relationships with underage girls for Rose during spring training.
Bertolini has denied making such statements to Dowd, the lawyer who spearheaded a report that ultimately got Rose banned from baseball in 1989.
Rose denied that allegation and filed a defamation suit in federal court in Pennsylvania.