For much of my life I've read Bill Conlin, the Hall of Fame baseball writer from Philadelphia.
I used to get my hands on the Philadelphia Daily News and would eagerly read Conlin. I got a chance to meet him a few times in press boxes. He seemed a tad cranky to me and somewhat pompous, but I always admired his talent. He was also a panelist for a while on ESPN's sports reporters show.
Anyway, I would never suspect that he was a child molester.
Several people have come out and said that Conlin sexually abused them when they were kids in the 60's and 70's.
Conlin, now 77, retired from the paper this past Tuesday and has hired a lawyer to defend these heinous accusations.
If true, then he should be yanked out of the Hall of Fame and suffer the full consequences of the law. With seven people accusing Conlin, it seems as if the accusations have merit. I would find it hard to believe that so many people would go after a 77-year old man for something that didn't happen 35 or 40 years ago. If one person came forth, maybe they just hold a grudge or are looking for a payout. But seven people? It doesn't look good for Conlin does it?
With the Jerry Sandusky case at Penn State and talk of a cover up and the Bernie Fine case at Syracuse, it seems as if people are not as afraid to come forward as they may have been.
I don't care how old someone is or how long ago something sinister happened. I have no sympathy or good feelings towards anyone who harms a child and most right thinking people agree with me.
Awful story this Conlin thing, awful.