Pete Rose: 'I should have picked beating up my wife' instead of gambling

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Twenty-four years ago, Pete Rose became the poster child for discipline in sports, let alone Major League Baseball, when the league banned him for life for betting on games.

If he could do it all again, though, Rose told a Pittsburgh radio station that he'd pick a vice that he thinks has proven more conducive to second chances, such as abusing alcohol, doing drugs or beating his wife.

In an interview with 93.7 The Fan, Rose says he can't whine about the mistakes that he's made, but that players who he perceives to have committed worse acts have been welcomed back before he has.

"I picked the wrong vice," Rose said. "I should have picked alcohol. I should have picked drugs or I should have picked up beating up my wife or girlfriend because if you do those three, you get a second chance."

Baseball's hit king was banned for life on Aug. 24, 1989 in the midst of an investigation into his gambling on the team he managed, the Cincinnati Reds. He vehemently denied ever betting on baseball until 2004, when he admitted to doing so in his autobiography.

Rose, for the record, is once divorced from his first wife and in the midst of divorcing his second wife.

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