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

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.”
CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for and He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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