On a recent radio appearance, Rose bemoaned the fact that he chose the wrong vice:
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to poke holes in Rose's logic.
I wonder if Pete realizes it's possible to be a Hall of Fame caliber player without any of those vices.
Sure, there are alcoholics, drug abusers, and wife beaters in the Hall of Fame. Of course no one would ever justify those actions. That still doesn't really relate to Rose's situation in any way, shape or form.
The thing is, there was already a precedent for gambling in baseball. The players involved in the Chicago Black Sox scandal were all banned for life, and even Joe Jackson, who didn't participate yet knew about the scandal, is still banned years after his death.
So Rose should have known before he ever placed a single bet that this could potentially be his fate.
Choosing a different vice wouldn't make Rose any better of a human being. Even if he were to have beaten his wife or girlfriend instead, that Hall of Fame plaque wouldn't make him a better person.
It's time for Rose to just suck it up and disappear into oblivion. The more he speaks, the less sympathetic of a figure he becomes.