Lawyer for Pete Rose says he didn’t send ball to Donald Trump

An attorney for Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose told the Washington Post late Monday Rose did not send an autographed baseball to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and has made a point not to endorse any candidate.

Trump posted a photo to Twitter on Sunday, two days before the Ohio primary of a baseball signed by Rose with the words, “Mr. Trump please make America great again.”

Trump wrote, “Thank you, Pete!”

Attorney Ray Genco told the Washington Post, “We do not know how Mr. Trump got the ball. I can’t authenticate the ball from some Twitter picture. I can’t speak to how Trump got the ball. Pete didn’t send it. I made that clear.”

Genco also sent a statement to media outlets about the baseball

“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.”