Pete Rose's estranged wife claims he's in major debt due to high-stakes gambling

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Pete Rose is getting divorced, and the proceedings have revealed some messy yet unsurprising details about his life. (AP Photo)
Pete Rose is getting divorced, and the proceedings have revealed some messy yet unsurprising details about his life. (AP Photo)

Carol Rose, the estranged wife of Pete Rose, has filed new divorce documents in court, and the filing revealed some information that will only surprise people who have never heard of the “Hit King” before.

According to TMZ, Carol Rose claims that her soon-to-be ex-husband makes significant income from signing autographs, is a “degenerate” high-stakes gambler, and owes a lot of money to casinos and the IRS.

At this point, we all know that Pete Rose signs a lot of autographs and gambles. He was banned from baseball for gambling, after all. But the filing reveals a few more details about Pete Rose’s life, and none of it seems great.

The real shocking info from TMZ’s report is that Rose is actually still married. He and Carol wed in 1984, and though he filed for divorce in 2011, the divorce was never completed. Rose, 77, has been involved with 38-year-old former Playboy model Kiana Kim for several years. Rose and Kim even did a reality show together called “Hits & Mrs.”

According to TMZ, Carol claims that Pete makes at least $100,000 a month signing autographs and making personal appearances. And while that seems kind of ridiculous, it’s well within the realm of possibility. In 2014, FiveThirtyEight published an article breaking down Rose’s knack for signing autographs and moving merchandise, noting that he could sell $10,000 worth in a single day. The Wall Street Journal has written about Rose’s willingness to make personal appearances, which can also bring in the big bucks.

Though Carol claims that Pete is bringing in over a million dollars a year, she also says that he spends most of his money gambling. Rose lives in Las Vegas, which is where he does most of his autograph signings and appearances. Due to his high-stakes gambling, she says he owes “significant” money to both casinos and the IRS.

According to TMZ, Carol Rose is asking the court to compel Pete to reveal the full details of his finances so a proper settlement can be reached and the divorce (finally) finalized.

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