If he had played football, he would be in the Hall of Fame. Yes, Pete Rose will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio – Pro Football Hall of Fame. This came to light after Rose recently sent a letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred for “forgiveness.”
First and foremost, Rose should have addressed his letter to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum—banning him from the Hall is their calling. Major League Baseball does not control the Hall of Fame.
But Canton could have been an easier route. take a look.
Calvin Ridley, wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars, has joined a notable list of NFL players who have been suspended by the league for gambling.
Ridley is currently serving a one-season suspension after betting on games last year when he was a member of the Atlanta Falcons. On Twitter, Ridley said he bet a total of $1,500 on NFL games.
And guess what?
Ridley will be allowed to apply for his job back during the week following the Super Bowl, according to the league. The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement gives him the right to appeal the suspension.
Oh, Ridley has some company, too.
In 2019, defensive back John Shaw who was on injured reserve during the 2020 season was suspended after betting on NFL games. He was a member of the Arizona Cardinals at the time of his suspension, and has not played in an NFL game since reinstated on March 20, 2021.
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Alex Karras, one of the most dominant defensive players in NFL history, served a one-year suspension in 1963 after admitting to placing bets on NFL games along with Packers running back Paul Hornung. He was reinstated on March 16, 1964, and played seven more years with the Detroit Lions that included his third All-Pro selection and fourth Pro Bowl selection in 1965. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020—eight years after he died at age He is 77 years old.
Hornung is a 1986 Hall of Fame inductee and holds the NFL records for most games with at least 30 points (twice) and 25 points scored (three times). He was an all-pro kicker and running back, returning to the Packers after his 1963 suspension to help them win NFL championships in 1965 and ’66.
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If you’re still not convinced, the NFL has also suspended and reinstated players for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs (PED) policy.
In May, DeAndre Hopkins, an Arizona Cardinals receiver, was suspended for the first six games of the season — without pay. He’s back on the field and in action.
So will Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. He returns on December 4, after an 11-game hiatus, to play against his former team, the Houston Texans. Watson has been accused by more than two dozen women of sexual misconduct during her massage sessions. He will also pay a $5 million fine, undergo mandatory evaluation by behavior experts, and follow a suggested treatment program.
That’s odd, since The Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder has faced two NFL investigations and a congressional investigation into allegations of rampant sexual harassment of female employees. The league put pressure on him to sell.
Pete Rose’s situation is pretty easy to understand, and no one explained it better than former Enquirer writer Jim Owczarski on June 1, 2015. Owczarski said Rose was banned from baseball in 1989 for a rule 21 violation, where he played manager for the Cincinnati Reds. He wrote that he wasn’t denied entry to the Hall of Fame until 1991.
Bob Costas, reporting in Owczrarski, said the following: “Baseball made a huge mistake by not separating the Hall of Fame from any other aspect of Pete’s punishment. You can’t have any connection to gambling. It’s an unequivocal rule published In every club that banishment for life was attached to that. Banishment for life. Therefore, Pete is serving that sentence.”
Costas continued, “But they didn’t put the ineligibility clause into the Hall of Fame. It wasn’t in (then-commissioner) Bart Giamatti’s decision. The Hall of Fame board decided that two years after Giamatti’s decision. If you see his name in the Hall of Fame and you’re a voter, it’s not because of the book.” Only they – if I were a voter, I would vote for him.
Costas concluded: “The notion that he can never be an employee of baseball again, that he can never get a dime out of baseball, to be officially associated with baseball, makes sense. That’s the punishment. That’s the punishment. Other things.” It seems like a cruel and unusual punishment to me.”
For me too. But for Rose, soccer was the easier way out.
Andy Fuhrman is a member of the Board of Shareholders for the Enquirer. He also speaks on sports nationally on Fox Sports Radio, serves as the PR coordinator for The Point/Arc in Northern Kentucky and writes for the Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle.