Pete Rose still betting — and losing big, estranged wife claims
Decades after he was banned from baseball for illegal betting, Pete Rose continues to be a “high stakes gambler” with sizable debts to casinos and the IRS, according to his estranged wife.
Carol Rose, who remains married to baseball’s all-time hit leader despite divorce proceedings that started in 2011, claims Rose, 77, earns more than $1 million annually from daily autograph signings that he turns into big losses during gambling sessions at casinos, TMZ reports.
Rose’s second wife — who married the former MLB great in 1984, five years before he agreed to a lifetime ban — now wants a judge to order Rose to clearly divulge his financial situation so the estranged couple can finally end their marriage, according to documents obtained by TMZ.
Rose later in 2011 proposed to fiancée Kiana Kim, 38, a former Playboy model who appeared in a reality television series on TLC called “Rose: Hits & Mrs” that aired for just six episodes.
The explosive claims by Rose’s estranged wife is the latest setback for the controversial baseball icon, who was booted by Fox Sports last year after a woman accused him of having sex with her when she was a minor. The woman said in a court filing in August 2017 that Rose started a sexual relationship with her in 1973 that last several years when she was just 14 or 15.
Rose, a three-time World Series champion, admitted to having sex with the woman but said he believed she was 16 during their relationship, according to court documents. In 1973, Rose turned 32 in April and had been married with two children.
Aside from incessantly hawking his autograph, Rose also offers four guests the chance to have dinner with him in Las Vegas for just $5,000, complete with four signed baseballs and four photographs. But guests are on the hook for airfare, hotel accommodations and food, ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported last month.
“Dinner tab will be paid for by guest(s),” Rovell tweeted. “Stories to last a lifetime!”
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