Pete Rose is still betting on baseball.
The all-time hits leader admitted to Jim Gray on Fox News that he still engages in the activity that resulted in his lifetime ban from the sport, which has kept him out of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
“Yeah. I haven’t this year, but I have,” he said. “When I was betting on baseball when I got suspended, I was betting illegally on baseball. I make no more illegal bets in my life. That’s why they have casinos.”
Rose, 79, was banned for life in 1989 when it was discovered he was wagering on games that he was managing – considered a cardinal sin of baseball and is still prohibited today despite the sport’s embrace of legalized sports betting.
MLB has partnerships with sports betting companies DraftKings and FanDuel and ads are plastered all over the walls in stadiums across the league.
Rose remains banned, however, and while fans understand he broke the rules, many believe should still be in the Hall of Fame because of his illustrious accomplishments on the field.
Rose has accepted his fate that it will not happen – at least in his lifetime.
“I screwed up,” Rose said. “I should have never did that. That’s the only mistake I’ve ever made in my life. To be honest with you. And that’s the biggest mistake. I would love to go to the Hall of Fame. Any player would. But as long as this heart is beating, I’m not going to go to the Hall of Fame.”