Cincinnati native and former Big Red Machine great Pete Rose, a Reds Hall of Famer, responded to The Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Alex Coffey's question asking Rose how he'd respond to people who say his presence at the Phillies' 1980 World Series champs reunion sends a negative message to women by saying, "No, I’m not here to talk about that. Sorry about that. It was 55 years ago, babe."
Coffey tweeted that Rose, 81, asked her after the ceremony if he'd offended her, and said, "Will you forgive me if I sign 1000 baseballs for you?" before saying "sorry."
There were no reports of a public apology Monday for remarks Rose made during the Phillies' live TV broadcast.
Rose used profanity multiple times and made a joke about former Phillies star John Kruk's testicular cancer.
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Social media reactions to Rose's NSFW comments during the broadcast, including video:
Pete Rose discovering there's no 7 second delay...the hard way. 😂🔊 pic.twitter.com/2fdRzt6w5k
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 7, 2022
The tone-deafness of the Phillies putting Pete Rose on the broadcast -- ESPECIALLY after everything he's said today -- give me a break.
— Alex Carr (@AlexCarrMLB) August 7, 2022
“I knew him when he had two balls.”
Pete Rose, now on air in the TV booth, referring to John Kruk, who lost one testicle to cancer.
Rose later discussed the large testicles of racehorses.
Well done, #Phillies
— Marcus Hayes (@inkstainedretch) August 7, 2022
Pete Rose is keeping the FCC busy today pic.twitter.com/X63k68UdxI
— Crossing Broad (@CrossingBroad) August 7, 2022
Rose was introduced on the field before Sunday's game alongside former teammates from the 1980 World Series champions.
"In planning the 1980 reunion, we consulted with Pete's teammates about his inclusion," the Phillies said in a July statement. "Everyone wants Pete to be part of the festivities since there would be no trophy in 1980 without him. In addition, the club received permission from the Commissioner's Office to invite Pete as a member of the championship team."
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This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: No public apologies for Pete Rose's live TV broadcast remarks