PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Phillies have decided that “due to recent events,” Pete Rose will not participate in Alumni Weekend festivities at Citizens Bank Park on Aug. 10 through Aug. 13.
94WIP’s Howard Eskin first reported the news.
Rose had an alleged relationship with a 14 or 15-year-old girl. The incident, which happened in 1973, was recently revealed during a defamation lawsuit filed by Rose against the lawyer who had him expelled from baseball.
Rose claims he thought the girl was 16-years-old, the age of consent at the time in Ohio.
Rose said, “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.”
The Phillies have announced they will not distribute the Pete Rose bobble figurine giveaway on Friday, Aug. 11.
Fans with tickets for Friday, Aug. 11 or Saturday, Aug. 12 can exchange their tickets for any remaining 2017 game or receive a refund at any Citizens Bank Park sales window or by mailing their tickets to The Phillies, One Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148. Exchanges or refunds must be processed by Oct. 1, 2017.
Rose had other events scheduled in the Philadelphia area next week, including a roast hosted by 94WIP’s Joe Conklin. That has been cancelled as well.