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Pete Rose apologizes for 'I picked the wrong vice' comments

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Pete Rose says he's sorry for his recent comments on gambling. (USATSI)
Pete Rose says he's sorry for his recent comments on gambling. (USATSI)

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You'll recall that all-time hits leader Pete Rose, who's been under a lifetime ban from baseball since 1989 for gambling on his team while manager of the Reds, recently had this to say about his standing with MLB:

"... 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."

Now Rose has issued an apology for his comments. Here's his statement in full, courtesy of 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.”
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