The Philadelphia Phillies, who was voted by fans to be inducted into the team’s Wall of Fame, won’t be taking part in the team’s Alumni Weekend festivities at Citizens Bank Park starting on August 10th.
The team made the announcement on Wednesday.
According to ESPN’s Outside the Lines, a sworn statement by an unidentified woman, contained in a motion filed in John Dowd’s (who oversaw the investigation that led to Rose’s ban from baseball in 1989) defense against Pete Rose’s defamation lawsuit, alleges that Rose had a sexual relationship with the woman for several years in the 1970s, beginning before she turned 16.
Rose did acknowledge that he had a sexual relationship with the woman, as outlined in court documents made public on Monday.
Rose said his information and believe was that the relationship started when she was 16, at which time (1975) Rose was 34 and married with 2 children.
Rose says he does not recall how long the relationship with the woman (referred to as “Jane Doe” in the filing) went on for.
“While I am truly honored that the Phillies fans voted for me to be this year’s Wall of Fame inductee, I am concerned that other matters will overshadow the goodwill associated with Alumni Weekend, and I agree with the decision not to participate,” Rose said in a statement.
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