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Pete Rose — Blasts Rape Allegations … Considering Lawsuit

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One of Pete Rose‘s longtime enemies claims Rose frequently committed statutory rape during his days as a player and a manager … but Rose calls it the “best” lie yet about him.

John Dowd, whose investigation eventually lead to Rose getting a lifetime ban from baseball, made the bombshell accusation during a recent interview. Dowd claimed a former Rose associate told him he “ran young girls for [Rose] down in spring training. Ages 12 to 14. Isn’t that lovely?”

During the interview with WCHE in Pennsylvania, Dowd added … “So that’s statutory rape everytime you do that.” 

Rose has denied the allegation and said, “What’s Dowd going to talk about next? Something from 50 years ago when I was 24 years old? I don’t know why anybody would believe that. It’s unbelievable.”

Rose’s attorney Ray Genco tells TMZ Sports, “The statements are malicious and untrue.” He also says he’s reviewing Dowd’s comments, and a lawsuit isn’t out of the question.

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