Pete Rose told ESPN Wednesday that he bet on the Reds "every night" while he was manager of the team in the late 1980s. "I bet on my team every night," he told ESPN's Dan Patrick. "I didn't bet on my team four nights a week. I was wrong."
The confession wasn't Rose's first, reports CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian. In his autobiography, published in 2004, Rose revealed that he wagered many times a week while managing. Today, he admitted his gambling addiction was daily.
In 1989, Rose, baseball's all-time hit leader, accepted a lifetime ban from baseball for gambling, only to spend the next 15 years heatedly denying — at every opportunity — he bet on game he played with equal passion.
Personally, I think that Pete is fully aware that he has no chance of ever getting into the Hall of Fame and deservedly so. The integrity of the game is just too important.