(contributions from Huffington Post) First it was Jerry Sandusky at Penn State, then allegations at Syracuse University followed by allegations of abuse by former AAU President Bobby Dodd…NOW we have another child abuse sex scandal!
According to a report by Deadspin, famed baseball columnist Bill Conlin is reportedly the subject of allegations of child molestation…this time with underage girls some 40 years ago.
Deadspin broke the news early Tuesday afternoon, revealing that Nancy Phillips of the Philadelphia Inquirer was about to publish a piece on the alleged abuse committed by Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News. Deadspin also indicated that Conlin had resigned from his position and hired a lawyer, George Bochetto, due to the story.
“Mr. Conlin is obviously floored by the allegations, which supposedly happened 40 years ago, Bochetto said. “He has engaged me to do everything possible to bring the true facts forward and to vindicate his name.”
Conlin has been covering sports, mainly baseball for over 50 years. He has also been a regular contributor on ESPN’s “The Sports Reporters.”
In July, Conlin received the J.G. Taylor Spink Award from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for “meritorious contributions to baseball writing.”
We don’t know if these allegations are true or not, and really it doesn’t matter if the girls were six or sixteen–the bottom line is children cannot be accountable with adult judgement. If anything, I hope it compels victims to come forward and not live in guilt and shame.
If these allegations are proven to be false, then many careers and reputations will have been ruined and compromised.
Whether allegation are true or not CLEARLY there’s something wrong. These scandals are more than sad; they’re disgusting and remind us all that we have to start believing in and living a sense of community.
Our children are depending on it.