Donald Trump is never one to shy away from controversy, so you knew it was only a matter of time until he weighed in on the situation involving Pete Rose and Major League Baseball.
On Monday, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced he had rejected Rose’s plea for reinstatement, meaning his lifetime ban from baseball – which was imposed in 1989 after an investigation into his gambling as a player and manager for the Cincinnati Reds – remains in place. As a byproduct of the ruling, Rose continues to be ineligible for the Hall of Fame, despite being baseball’s all-time hits leader.
Rose’s case for the Hall of Fame has always been a hot topic, and Monday’s announcement only brought that to the forefront. Many believe Manfred made the right decision based on the severity of Rose’s actions and his lack of contrition, while others believe he’s more than paid his dues.
To no surprise, Trump is one of the latter.
Can’t believe Major League Baseball just rejected @PeteRose_14 for the Hall of Fame. He’s paid the price. So ridiculous – let him in!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2015
Hey, you know what else is ridiculous? This: Despite the fact that Trump has openly called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims immigrating to the United States, and questioned the very existence of Muslim sports heroes in America (apparently he’s never heard of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Muhammad Ali), it appears he’s actually managed to secure the support of a man who is both Muslim and a sports hero: Former boxing champ Mike Tyson. Seems Iron Mike has no problem with Trump’s views, and he’s voting to make American great again.
“Anybody that was ever president of the United States offended some group of people or some group of people are offended,” Tyson told TMZ. “So listen, we just go to the polls and you’ll see who wins.”
Offending is different from alienating, but sure, Mike.