Pete Rose Reportedly Out At Fox Sports Over Statutory Rape Allegations
Pete Rose has been taken off Fox Sports’ MLB coverage team after sexual misconduct allegations have come out against the all-time hits leader, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The all-time leading hitter in the MLB is facing allegations from a woman who claims Rose had a sexual relationship with her while she was underage in the 1970s.
The claim from an unidentified woman was included in a defamation suit that Rose filed last year against attorney John Dowd, who served as the MLB’s outside counsel in a 1989 investigation that led to his permanent ban from professional baseball due to gambling while he was still a manager.
The woman claims that Rose had a sexual relationship with her before she turned 16 — the legal age of consent in Ohio where they both lived at the time of the alleged sexual activity. Her allegations against the former baseball star amount to charges of statutory rape.
Rose was expected to join Fox Sports for their postseason coverage at the end of the MLB season, according to Sports Illustrated. Fox Sports declined to comment to both The Hollywood Reporter and Sports Illustrated on the news of Rose’s firing.