Pete Rose Undeniable

Pete Rose’s time as a Fox Sports analyst appears to have come to a close. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rose will not appear as part of Fox’s postseason baseball coverage amid allegations that he had a sexual relationship with an underage woman in the 1970s.

A woman publicly referred to as Jane Doe has claimed Rose had sex with her when she was 14 or 15 (under the age of consent in Ohio, where they both lived) and he was in his 30s. Rose has acknowledged having a relationship with the woman over several years but has said he thought she was 16 when it began.

Rose will not face criminal charges for his relationship with Doe, as the statute of limitations has expired.

Bizarrely, these allegations came to light thanks to Rose’s own defamation lawsuit against prosecutor John Dowd, who produced the report that got him banned from baseball back in 1989. Rose sued Dowd last year after Dowd claimed on the radio that Rose used to have sex with young women during Spring Training. Dowd brought Doe as part of his defense.

Fox Sports might have been especially sensitive to sexual misconduct allegations given the issues with sexual harassment at its parent company.

Sports Illustrated’s Michael McCann had cautioned that Fox could fire Rose thanks to a “morals clause” in his contract.

Rose was somewhat of a breakout broadcasting star last fall, cracking jokes alongside Alex Rodriguez, Frank Thomas and Kevin Burkhardt on Fox’s postseason studio show. Fox had planned to bring him back this October in a similar role.

Fox has not publicly announced its split with Rose nor any contingency plans for its postseason coverage.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

About Alex Putterman

Alex is a writer and editor for The Comeback and Awful Announcing. He has written for The Atlantic, VICE Sports, MLB.com, SI.com, the Hartford Courant, Baseball Prospectus, Land of 10 and more. He is a proud alum of Northwestern University and The Daily Northwestern. You can find him on Twitter @AlexPutterman.

  • WminPhoenix

    Pete Rose is a broken down old man who is yesterday’s news. Can we just stop having Pete Rose news. He was a somebody 40 years ago.

  • BobLee Says

    “But I thought she was 16” ??? THAT has to become an all-time punchline. No one ever thought Rose was anything but “a baseball savant”. Not anyone you’d want as a teammate in Partners Jeopardy… or helping you with an NYT crossword. …. “but I thought she was 16” . …. OMG! Get the hook. It’s over Pete. Stick to the card show circuit.

  • Rey Henry

    i bet you he finds another job.

  • DrewShervin

    Going to miss Pete and Alex on Fox pre and post during playoffs. They were entertaining. If Pete didn’t bring suit this incident wouldn’t have come up and he would still be working. Pete is still looking for his nose that he cut off to spite his face.