Chou, your SI article was clearly written by a fan, or at least for his fans. Other articles don’t treat Charlie Hustler so kindly and are bothered by the fact that he’s clearly still addicted to gambling, is a liar, doesn’t really seem to be remorseful, and is a crappy role-model. Your article had this ridiculous excerpt from Rose’s second autobiography (in which he finally admits that he lied for 14 years about betting on his team):
In the book, Rose claims . . . “Mr. Selig looked at me and said, ‘I want to know one thing. Did you bet on baseball?’” Rose writes. “I looked him in the eye. ‘Sir, my daddy taught me two things in life – how to play baseball and how to take responsibility for my actions. I learned the first one pretty well. The other, I’ve had some trouble with. Yes, sir, I did bet on baseball.’”
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Here’s what less glossy-eyed writers have said:
After denying for 14 years that he had bet on baseball, Pete Rose admits . . . “I’m sure that I’m supposed to act all sorry or sad or guilty now that I’ve accepted that I’ve done something wrong,” he says in the epilogue of the book . . .“But you see, I’m just not built that way. . . So let’s leave it like this. . . Let’s move on.”
. . . Dowd concluded in his report in 1989 that Rose, as a player-manager and as a manager, made 412 wagers on baseball from April 8, 1985, to July 5, 1987, including 52 on the Reds to win. Rose, who wrote a book in 1989 claiming that he had not bet on baseball . . .
. . . What concerns Selig, the official said, is whether it is in the best interest of baseball to allow Rose to hold a job in the sport again, after he had lied for so long about betting on games. And, the official said, Selig also wonders if he can trust a longtime gambler who had lied to uphold whatever agreement they make regarding reinstatement
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For 14 years, Rose had publicly denied that he gambled on baseball while managing the Cincinnati Reds . . . Rose eventually said, in his feisty way, that he was remorseful.
“I know you’re not going to sit there and think that I’m not sorry this happened, that I don’t understand I made a big mistake,” Rose said. “I’m not going to put an act on and try to cry. That’s not the way I am. But I do understand what I did, and I’m willing to stand up and be counted. And, if it’s not enough, I’ll continuously say I’m sorry. I’ll get down on my knees and say I’m sorry.”
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In his latest autobiography and accompanying interviews this week, baseball’s hits king says he’s still wagering at race tracks, but insists that his gambling isn’t a problem and shouldn’t be a concern . . . Rose ended 14 years of denials and confessed in ``My Prison Without Bars’’ that he bet on Cincinnati Reds games while he was their manager. He acknowledged that he let his gambling get out of hand.
. . . Rose’s adviser and spokeswoman in 1989, was stunned to see Rose petting a race horse and talking about his visits to the track in a nationally televised interview the previous night.
Seeing those pictures of him with the horse and having him say he's still betting at the track and that was OK, that just cemented the door against him getting back in baseball,'' Pinzka said. He clearly doesn’t understand that he has a problem.’’
. . . After Rose completed his jail sentence for tax crimes in 1991, he talked about how he had little in common with other gamblers and regretted saying he had a problem. . .
Also Friday, Rose balked at apologizing to those whom he has attacked over the years for saying he bet on baseball. Asked on
Good Morning America'' whether he owes an apology to . . . baseball investigator John Dowd, Rose said emphatically that he did not. Dowd uncovered evidence that Rose had bet on baseball. I don’t think it was fair, the way he came to his conclusions,’’ Rose said. ``The end result – he was right. But I just didn’t like the way he went about it.’’
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