It’s not known whether Hit King and former Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose, accused of statutory rape in testimony from a now-grown woman as part of an ongoing defamation lawsuit he filed last year against John Dowd, could lose his MLB on FOX broadcasting job, following the Philadelphia Phillies’ announcement Wednesday that they’ve canceled an upcoming ceremony to honor him during the Phillies Wall of Fame induction. 

But Bill Reiter, a writer for CBSSports.com, insists in a column published Thursday about Rose that FOX Sports must fire him immediately based on the allegations that emerged from the lawsuit.

An excerpt from Reiter’s column about Rose and FOX Sports:

The latest, and utterly disturbing, news about Pete Rose warrants no response other than this one: He must be held accountable in whatever way, by whatever power and to whatever extent that all these years later remains possible.

Which means Fox Sports has to fire him. Today. 

Either way, Rose has done contemptible things time cannot erase. Some things, crimes or otherwise, do not deserve to be forgotten or taken lightly. 

Some form of justice should find its way to him. 

That will not come from the law. Rose maintains he did nothing illegal. Even if his claim could be proven false, the statute of limitations has long since expired on alleged statutory rape dating to the 1970s.

But an adult celebrity sleeping with a young girl has no expiration date for its sickness, its grotesqueness, its disgracefulness. 

Pete Rose needs to be punished.

SI.com’s Richard Deitsch reported via Twitter that FOX Sports declined comment when asked about Rose.

More from SI legal analyst Michael McCann via Twitter:

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