The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
 
Pete Rose Admits To Betting On Baseball, Yao Ming Admits To Being Tall
Originally posted 1/5/2004

Rose, left, and Yao
PHILADELPHIA - The sports world was stunned this weekend by revelations that former major league player and manager Pete Rose will, in his upcoming autobiography "My Prison Without Walls," admit to betting on baseball, something he had previously denied. Equally as shocking to sports fans was the admission by Houston Rockets 7'6" center Yao Ming late this week that he is, in fact, tall.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Rose's book will contain a confession that the all-time hits leader bet on baseball, and the New York Times cites sources inside Major League Baseball who say that Rose admitted the same thing to commissioner Bud Selig in a 2002 meeting. Meanwhile, in Houston, Rockets fans were amazed by Yao's confession that he is tall, something he had vigorously denied for months.

"Yes, I must admit after long hours of soul searching, that I am tall," Yao told reporters through an interpreter. "Hopefully this admission will ease the burden on my family and my friends and allow me to move forward. I would like to apologize to people everywhere for deceiving my fans -- quite convincingly, of course -- for all this time. Despite what I've told you, I am in fact tall."

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