A bookmaker said he took as much as $1 million in sports bets from baseball great Pete Rose, prosecutors say.
A transcript of a pre-sentencing meeting at Cincinnati last Friday in the case of the bookmaker, former Ohio restaurant owner Ronald Peters, contained the $1 million allegation and a letter from baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti.The transcript, which was released Monday, does not indicate that Rose bet on baseball. The Cincinnati Reds manager would face a year's expulsion from baseball if he had bet on baseball games and a lifetime ban if he had bet on his team.
Giamatti said in his letter to U.S. District Judge Carl Rubin that he believes the bookmaker's testimony was truthful.
Rose, baseball's all-time leader in hits, has declined to comment on Peters' statement or the commissioner's letter. But the judge was angry with Giamatti.
"There is evidence here, in my opinion, of a vendetta against Pete Rose," Rubin said.
Peters is to be sentenced by Rubin on charges of cocaine distribution and tax evasion.