Lift the Ban, LLC is a grassroots campaign to reinstate Pete Rose. The organization was started by a small group of people who understand the importance of justice in our society.
Pete Rose admits he bet on baseball in violation of Major League Rule 21. However, there is not a single piece of evidence that tends to show that Pete’s gambling affected the outcome of any game. This is in stark contrast to the infamous “Black Sox” scandal of 1919 when bookies paid off eight players of the Chicago White Sox to throw the World Series.
Indeed, all of the evidence shows that Pete in fact always bet on his Cincinnati Reds to win. Pete Rose is one of the great competitors to ever play the game. It would go against his very nature for him to do anything other than bet on his team to win.
By all accounts Pete Rose had a gambling problem. Gambling addiction is now widely-recognized as a treatable mental-health problem characterized by an increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently despite mounting, serious, negative consequences.
Given this understanding, a lifetime ban of Pete Rose is a great injustice. He is one of the greatest players in the history of the game. His gambling conduct, although detrimental to himself, did not alter the outcome of a single game. The ban needs to be lifted.