Major League Baseball's all-time hits leader Pete Rose Wednesday sued the man who helped get him banned for life from the sport. At issue: Comments John Dowd made on a radio show last year suggesting Rose may have committed statutory rape with minors.

Dowd, who led the 1989 investigation into Rose's gambling on baseball, said last year on a Philadelphia radio station that Rose was having sex with underage girls.

“Michael Bertolini told us that not only did he run bets, but he ran young girls for him down in spring training. Ages 12-14,” Dowd said on WCHE 1520 AM in an interview on July 13, 2015, referring to a longtime Rose associate. “Isn't that lovely? So that's statutory rape every time you do that. So he's just not the kind of person that I find very attractive. He's a street guy.”