Wednesday, March 19, 2014
A local foundation is holding a fund raiser later this month. Money collected goes to a charity that helps abused and neglected children.
I admit I know little about the foundation. I do know about a bit about the charity, and I've never heard a negative word about it.
Part of the fund raiser features an appearance by Pete Rose. Let's examine the Rose record: a tax cheat who did jail time. A man who bet on baseball, lied about it repeatedly, and was banned from the game for life. Rose only admitted to what he did because he had a book to sell.
Yes, it's a children's charity, and I wonder what kind of message this sends to the kids.
I'm a firm believer in redemption and second chances. If Pete Rose stands up and says it's possible to lead a productive life, even after everything he's done, then I'm okay with it.
Being a baseball fan, I've followed Pete Rose over the years, and it's always the same old song and a dance. Pete Rose plays the victim, and he never fully took responsibility for his actions.
They don't call him "Charlie Hustle" for nothing.
I wonder if the charity can take the money with a clean conscience.
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