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Rose Jr. sentenced to prison for drug distribution

5/1/2006 - MLB

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Pete Rose Jr., the son of baseball's
career hits leader, was sentenced Monday to one month in prison and
five months of home detention for distributing a steroid
alternative to his minor league teammates.

Rose faced up to two years in prison and a $1 million fine.
Federal judge Robert Echols waived a fine for Rose.

"I made a mistake and hurt a lot of people," Rose said outside
the courthouse after the sentencing. "The judge is great. He was
very generous and I can't thank him enough. He doesn't have to
worry about me doing anything like this again," Rose said.

Rose's attorney, Jeffrey Brodey, said his client will start his
monthlong sentence June 5. Brodey said he will request that Rose be
incarcerated in Cincinnati, where he lives with his pregnant wife and
child.

The 36-year-old Rose pleaded guilty Nov. 7 to distributing the
steroid alternative GBL, a drug he used as a sleep aid, to some of
his teammates at the Chattanooga Lookouts. Rose played for the
Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in 1997, 2001 and 2002.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has said Rose's arrest was
part of a larger investigation into a major GBL trafficking
organization. He surrendered to authorities shortly before he
entered his guilty plea.

The indictment said Rose admitted he received GBL from a person
in Tennessee while playing for Chattanooga. He also said he
supplied half the players on that team with the drug. Rose said his
teammates would take GBL to relax after games.

Rose played most of his career in the minor leagues, but made it
to the majors for 11 games with the Reds in 1997, going 2-for-14.
Last season, he played for the Long Island Ducks of the independent
Atlantic League.

Pete Rose Sr. holds the major league record of 4,256 hits. He
agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball in 1989 following an
investigation that he bet on games; after 14 years of denying it,
he admitted in his autobiography that he bet on Reds games while
managing them in the late 1980s.

He also served a five-month sentence in federal prison in
1990-91 for failing to report income from signing autographs,
memorabilia sales and gambling.

GBL, or gamma butyrolactone, is sold under the counter at
retailers and gyms with claims to build muscle, improve physical
performance, enhance sex, reduce stress and induce sleep. When
taken orally, GBL is converted to the "date-rape" drug GHB, or
gamma hydroxybutyrate.