Bill Conlin Retires, Doesn’t Resign. A report posted on Deadspin Tuesday afternoon stated that legendary Philadelphia sports columnist Bill Conlin had resigned over a “forthcoming Philly Inquirer bombshell” written by The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Nancy Phillips.
The story, posted on Philly.com just after 4 p.m., states:
“Three women and a man say they were molested as children by Bill Conlin, a Hall of Fame baseball writer and Philadelphia Daily News columnist. In vivid accounts, the four say Conlin groped and fondled them, and touched their genitals, in assaults in the 1970s, when they were from ages 7 to 12.”
Conlin has apparently hired attorney George Bochetto, who tells NBC10:
“Mr. Conlin is obviously floored by these accusations, which supposedly happened 40 years ago. He has engaged me to do everything possible to bring the true facts forward and to vindicate his name.”
Conlin, who signed on with the Philadelphia Bulletin in 1960 and moved to the Daily News just six years later, has been a staple in Philly sports journalism ever since.
A spokesperson for the Daily News also confirmed to NBC10 that Conlin retired today (and did not resign), saying more details would be released later. Stay tuned to NBC10 News and nbcphiladelphia.com for more.