Philly sports columnist accused of child sex abuse
December 21, 2011 7:18 AM Subscribe
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Bill Conlin, a Philadelphia Daily News sports columnist, retired abruptly yesterday after word leaked the the Philadelphia Inquirer was set to run a story in the next day's paper detailing allegations against him of child sexual abuse dating from the 1970s
. (Trigger warning; graphic and very sad accounts of familial abuse, shame, and silence.)
Primarily writing about the Phillies, Conlin's byline has appeared over Philadelphia and national sports stories for nearly 50 years, and he was honored this past summer by the Baseball Writers Association of America with its highest award, the J. G. Taylor Spink Award
. (The BBWAA is officially unfazed
by the allegations).
No fan of the internet, Conlin once expressed regret that bloggers had not been caught up in the Holocaust
(ctrl+F "hitler"), and was an ardent supporter of Joe Paterno
in his recent troubles at Penn State.
Ironically it may have been the Penn State scandal that indirectly led to the public allegations against Conlin, as at least one of the victims cited Penn State as motivation in coming forward, however late. Conlin faces no legal jeopardy; the statue of limitations on the crimes alleged has long expired. That may soon change
, at least in Pennsylvania.