Baseball Lawyer: Rose Bet on His Own Team’s Games
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti has ″substantial and heavily corroborated evidence″ that Pete Rose bet on his own team’s games, a lawyer for major league baseball told a judge today.
The statement by Louis Hoynes Jr. was baseball’s first assertion that it has evidence that could get the Cincinnati Reds manager banned from baseball for life.
The Associated Press has learned the evidence includes an expert’s determination that Rose’s handwriting is on betting slips involving Reds games. In addition, a federal law enforcement official told The New York Times that Rose’s fingerprints are on the slips.
Rose’s lawyers today asked Common Pleas Judge Norbert Nadel for a temporary restraining order blocking Giamatti’s hearing Monday with Rose in New York to consider the gambling allegations. The lawyers charge that Giamatti is biased.
″There is evidence, substantial and heavily corroborated evidence, that Mr. Rose bet large sums of money on major league baseball games and on games of the Cincinnati Reds,″ Hoynes said in arguing against the request.
Rose, who did not attend the hearing, has consistently denied betting on baseball. One of his lawyers, Robert Stachler, argued today that Rose had been denied a fair investigation by Giamatti.
Hoynes today asked Nadel to release to the public a 225-page report by baseball investigator John M. Dowd on the allegations. Nadel refused.
Dowd’s report includes three ″Pete Rose Betting Sheets″ supplied to investigators by Paul G. Janszen, who claimed to have run bets for Rose to bookmaker Ronald Peters. Janszen later became an FBI informant.
Rose’s lawyers revealed the sheets’ existence Monday in their lawsuit and released correspondence that confirms Rose supplied writing samples at baseball’s request. The lawsuit said nothing about the analyst’s conclusions.
Janszen, who last week completed a six-month sentence in a halfway house for failing to report income from the sale of steroids, gave the betting sheets to federal authorities while he was investigated, a source said.
He kept a copy, and later supplied that to baseball’s investigators when they started looking into Rose’s alleged gambling, the source said.
″Rose is claiming the sheets are forgeries,″ a federal law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity told the Times. ″He says he didn’t write them, but we’re as confident as we could be that he did.″
Rose, speaking Wednesday night after the Reds lost a doubleheader to the Braves at Atlanta, was informed of the reports on the handwriting and fingerprints.
″That’s not true,″ he said before declining to comment further.
Rose also is being investigated by a federal grand jury in Cincinnati that is examining his taxes.
Reuven J. Katz, one of Rose’s five lawyers, declined to comment when asked about the betting slips.
Rich Levin, a spokesman for Giamatti, also declined to comment.
In the suit, Rose’s lawyers allege that Janszen stole three pieces of paper from the home of the Reds manager.
Robert A. Pitcairn Jr., another Rose lawyer, suggested in a May 12 letter to Dowd that Janszen might have forged the sheets.
″Janszen is quite clever and has access to Mr. Rose’s signature,″ Pitcairn wrote. ″In fact, we understand that Mr. Rose has signed blank pieces of paper for Janszen to use in connection with certificates of authenticity for various items. Janszen is not above transposing writing from one sheet to another or creating documents that would appear authentic.″