Pete Rose played major league baseball for more than two decades. Throughout his entire career the following signage was displayed in every locker room "Any player, umpire, or club official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has no duty to perform shall be declared ineligible for one year. Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible." This was the rule since the 1920's.
Pete Rose bet on games. He was the subject of a 6 month investigation in 1989 and he willingly signed the document that banned him for life as a result. He then spent the next decade plus denying his involvement in gambling despite signing said agreement. In 2004 he finally admitted to betting on baseball games including Reds games. He claimed that he never bet against the Reds. He further claimed that he never bet while he was still a player. Earlier this year documents were made available that were part of that 1989 investigation. Among these documents a notebook detailing Pete's gambling records showing that he in fact did place bets while he was still a player. Pete..has been lying non-stop for 26 years.
Earlier today MLB announced that his application for reinstatement would be rejected. He will not be allowed back.
Pete Rose agreed to a lifetime ban. He should be required to serve it.