Report: Pete Rose attorney cries foul over alleged endorsement of Trump
In a Presidential election year of wild pitches, it only figures controversy would follow an alleged endorsement via an autographed baseball.
Sunday night Republican candidate Donald Trump tweeted a photo of a ball that was purported to have been signed by Pete Rose.
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With the Ohio primary on tap Tuesday, such an endorsement could, um, swing votes.
However, The Washington Post reported that one of Rose’s attorneys has no idea about the authenicity of the ball.
"We do not know how Mr. Trump got the ball," Genco said. "I can’t authenticate the ball from some Twitter picture." He added: "I can’t speak to how Trump got the ball. Pete didn’t send it. I made that clear." Genco’s verbal clarification followed a statement he sent to The Washington Post and other outlets Monday. "Pete has made a point not to ‘endorse’ any particular presidential candidate," Genco wrote. "Though he respects everyone who works hard for our country – any outlet that misinterpreted a signed baseball for an endorsement was wrong. Pete did not send any candidate a baseball or a note of endorsement. That said, through my discussions with Pete about this cycle, I’ve learned that he believes that who to vote for is a decision each voter should decide for him or herself. Pete knows and has impressed upon me that, above politics, it’s leadership and teamwork that make all the difference. Both the left and right are baseball fans – and it is those institutions and their people that make America exceptional."