Pete Rose recently made headlines Monday for his take on Major League Baseball's suspensions of players linked to performance enhancing drugs via the Biogenesis scandal. In comparing Alex Rodriguez's 211-game ban, Rose, who began serving a lifetime ban in 1989 for gambling on his team while managing the Reds, said said he "picked the wrong vice." The all-time hits leader suggested that he would have faced a lesser MLB sentence if he had abused alcohol or drugs, or beat his wife or girlfriend.
Furor over that quote caused Rose to issue an apology Tuesday.
From CBS Pittsburgh:
“If I've learned anything over the past 24 years since my banishment from baseball, it's to own up to my failures right away. I was feeling sorry for myself when I compared my vice to others, including abuse and drinking. Of course, all vices are not to be excused. I know gambling almost destroyed baseball and I have accepted the way Commissioners Giamatti, Vincent and Selig acted toward me.”
The comments that got the all-time hits leader in hot water include:
"... And to be honest with you, I picked the wrong vice. I should have picked alcohol. I should have picked drugs or I should have picked up beating up my wife or girlfriend because if you do those three, you get a second chance. They haven't given too many gamblers a second chances in the world of baseball."