Pete Rose: Signing lifetime ban was 'a mistake'

Pete Rose told ESPN that signing a lifetime ban from baseball was 'a mistake.'

Rose gave the interview for two specials on 25 years since his banishment, which will air Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and Monday night at 10 p.m. on ESPN.

“It was a mistake because I didn’t read the fine print… I looked at it like it was a year suspension. To this day I have no idea why my lawyers would accept a lifetime suspension,” said Rose.

Rose was banished on August 24, 1989, for gambling on baseball games. will have special coverage Sunday of the events leading up to Pete's ban, some new insight on the possibility of his reinstatement, and a step by step through each living moment of the last day Pete Rose was involved with Major League Baseball, all at


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Host of one of the ESPN specials, Keith Olbermann, is an advocate to lift the ban on Rose's involvement in baseball.

“I attended Bart Giamatti’s news conference 25 years ago and it remains one of the most extraordinary moments I’ve ever covered,” said Olbermann in an ESPN media release. “We’re going to look at that day, all the days since, and I hope to explain why I’ve evolved from being in full support of the banishment, to advocating Rose’s immediate reinstatement.”


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