Pete Rose to Roger Clemens: 'Don't Do Like Me'

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Former Cincinnati Red Pete Rose sat down with ESPN Chicago this morning to discuss the 25th anniversary of his record-breaking 4,192nd hit. Rose, of course, has yet to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame—despite that milestone—after admitting to betting on games while manager of the Cincinnati team.

During the conversation, Rose discussed whether he thinks he's any closer to induction and doled out some advice for Roger Clemens, who is embroiled in his own potentially Hall of Fame blocking scandal:

Don't do like me. You can run but you cant hide. If you made a mistake, get it out there as quickly as you possibly can because it's going eat at you, and it's going to hang over your head as long as you let it hang over your head. And Tom, you don't know what Roger did and I don't know what Roger did. And I'm not here to judge Roger. If Roger says he didn't do it, then who am I to say he's lying? It's not up to me. I met Roger Clemens one time at the all century celebration and he hugged me and he said, 'I'm happy to be a member of your team, on your team.' That was very nice of him to say that. And I don't know what Barry Bonds did. I don't know what Palmeiro did. I don't know what any of them did. But for anybody listening out there, learn from me. If you do something, take responsibility as quickly as you possibly can and don't let it linger on because it's just going to hurt you.

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Kevin Fallon is a reporter for the Daily Beast. He's a former entertainment editor at TheWeek.com and former writer and producer for The Atlantic's entertainment channel.

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