Report: Pete Rose off of FOX’s MLB coverage

By Michael Dixon

FOX’s MLB postseason coverage will have a different look in 2017. According to a report from Lesley Goldberg and Marisa Guthrie of the Hollywood Reporter, Pete Rose has been taken off of the coverage.

“The news follows recent allegations that Rose had a sexual relationship with an underage girl in the 1970s,” the report said. “The claim is part of a defamation suit Rose filed last year against attorney John Dowd, who served as MLB’s outside counsel in the investigation that led to the former slugger’s lifetime ban from the sport in 1989 for betting on games featuring the Cincinnati Reds when he was the team’s manager.”

Rose had been working with FOX and its affiliates since 2015.

As the report noted, Rose has acknowledged a past relationship with the woman, but thought she was of the legal age (16 in Ohio). Goldberg and Guthrie also said that “Rose would have been 34 then and was married with two children. The statute of limitations means that Rose will not face criminal jeopardy.”

It’s still another black eye for a man that has seen his fair share of troubles since becoming MLB’s all-time hit king.