MLB legend Pete Rose on sports betting: “I came at the wrong time”

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MLB legend Pete Rose joined the OutKick 360 crew on Monday. The OK360 panel discussed a range of topics during the interview, including modern sports betting, and how it is changing the narrative of Rose’s legacy.

OutKick 360’s Chad Withrow asked Rose what he thought of the sharp contrast in his attitude towards sports betting now and during his time in baseball.

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Pete Rose # 14 of the Montreal Expos swings on a court during an MLB match against the New York Mets in April 1984 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York.  (Photo by B Bennett / Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios / Getty Images)

Pete Rose # 14 of the Montreal Expos swings on a court during an MLB match against the New York Mets in April 1984 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. (Photo by B Bennett / Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios / Getty Images)

“For years, professional sports would not embrace Las Vegas,” Withrow said. “You could not have a team there because the guys wanted to be in and it would look bad for the league and everyone would think the match was solid.”

Withrow asked, “Does it make you look around and think, ‘What are we doing here with baseball’s view of me,’ and what happened years ago when you see their willingness to embrace it now?”

“Not really because I just came at the wrong time,” Rose admitted.

The American baseball player Pete Rose, from the Cincinatti Reds, crouches on the court before a match at Shea Stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, New York, New York, July 24, 1978. The match against the New York Mets, resulted in Rose increased her streak to 37 games in a row (the series eventually lasted 44 games).

The American baseball player Pete Rose, from the Cincinatti Reds, crouches on the court before a match at Shea Stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, New York, New York, July 24, 1978. The match against the New York Mets, resulted in Rose increased her streak to 37 games in a row (the series eventually lasted 44 games).
(Photo: Gary Gershoff / Getty Images)

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“I’m not here to tell baseball what to do,” Rose remarked. “As you know, baseball is about making dollars. I’m not here to try to tell baseball how to run its business, and I certainly do not want to tell the casinos how to run their business.”

“In the end result, I just hope everyone is happy,” he added.

Baseball legend Pete Rose visits Fox Business Network Studios on June 5, 2019 in New York City.

Baseball legend Pete Rose visits Fox Business Network Studios on June 5, 2019 in New York City.
(Photo by Steven Ferdman / Getty Images)

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