SBD/August 7, 2017/Media

Pete Rose Likely Done At Fox Sports After Accusation Of Past Relationship With Minor

Rose's Fox contract could be terminated based on "moral clause" language
There is no current date for Pete Rose's next on-air assignment with Fox Sports, and his contract "likely contains 'morals clause' language that could be invoked to end his deal on grounds of statutory rape allegation," according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. Rose has been "accused of having a sexual relationship with a woman" in the '70's "before she turned 16." Given the nature of Rose's "admission alone, the optics of keeping him on-air, as well as the plague of negative publicity surrounding Fox News, Fox Business Network and Fox Sports from sexual harassment complaints, Rose has likely made his last broadcast with Fox" (SI.com, 8/7). In Tampa, Tom Jones writes FS1's "MLB Whiparound" had "become one of the most interesting studio shows on television." The conversation between regular panelists Rose, Frank Thomas and Alex Rodriguez gave the show the "closest thing there is to TNT's NBA show with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal." But how can Fox "possibly still employ Rose" after this allegation. Jones: "Fox should be done with Rose. And so should the rest of us" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 8/7). CBSSPORTS.com's Bill Reiter wrote, "Fox Sports has to fire him. Today." Rose "must be forced from his only remaining connection to the game of baseball." Since that connection "runs through Fox Sports," they "must sever it." The "ability TV offers to the skilled and camera-likable to reinvent one's reputation should no longer be bestowed" on Rose. Reiter: "It's up to Fox Sports to do the right thing" (CBSSPORTS.com, 8/3). 
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