A Legendary Philadelphia Sportswriter Is Hit With Child Molestation Allegations
Have you, at any point since the Jerry Sandusky and Bernie Fine stories broke, thought, "Man, you know what kind of scandal I'd like to read about? Another child molestation scandal! I just haven't had my fill of those yet!" Of course not. It's much more likely you thought, "Oh god whatever you do just please do not make me read about another child molestation scandal, seriously, one of those was already way too many, please, please, please, no more."
Earlier today, Deadspin reported that Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin resigned because a story alleging child molestation is on the way (they also reported he is defending himself against the accusations). Sure enough, here is that story.
So, no, we're not done hearing about child molestation scandals by a long shot. And the name makes this an especially big deal - not only did Conlin cover sports for decades, he was honored just this year with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, given for "meritorious contributions to baseball writing"...complete with a ceremony at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Those who voted to give Conlin that award....well, they might be regretting it a bit (UPDATE: the Baseball Writers Association of America says "the allegations have no bearing" on the award).
But that's often the thing about people accused of doing the types of things Conlin apparently stands accused of doing. They're respected members of the community. People like them. People admire them. And people definitely don't think they'd be capable of something like this. Oh, and we'd definitely trust A.J. Daulerio's sources in Philadelphia media since, you know, he used to be part of it - wrote about Conlin, as a matter of fact - and still contributes occasionally.
So all that's left to do is read the story, in all its stomach-churning detail. And we really, really hope we're done hearing stories like this now.
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