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Must-click link: The Boston Red Sox sex abuse scandal

Nov 10, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

Storm clouds

The sports-related news has been terrible these past few days. Really, I can find a joke in a 20-car pileup, but this stuff has been awful and horrific and sad and I just want to crawl under the covers until it all goes away.

But the thing about the Penn State story is that you can’t forget it, even if you want to, because to forget risks it repeating.  And as Jeff Passan reminds us, it is, sadly, nothing new:

Before Jerry Sandusky — before he allegedly used the Penn State football complex to commit sex crimes with young boys and before the university spent more than a decade covering up his sins and before the grand-jury report revealed the appalling details of his abuse and before the campus rioted over legendary coach Joe Paterno losing his job amid it all — there was Donald Fitzpatrick, the longtime Red Sox clubhouse manager who lured [Leeronnie] Ogletree and at least a dozen other young, African-American boys into two decades of systemic sexual abuse.

It’s heartbreaking and terrible. Yet we must remember that there is evil like this in the world if we are to have any chance at stopping it.

  1. dondada10 - Nov 10, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    My only hope is that there is an especially hot part of hell for the bastards that hurt kids.

    • Kyle - Nov 10, 2011 at 4:19 PM

      Here’s hoping.

    • phukyouk - Nov 10, 2011 at 4:24 PM

      That’s too good for them… they should be tortured to the point of death.. then healed… then tortured some more… repeat until they have reached an old old age

      • Old Gator - Nov 10, 2011 at 4:37 PM

        Throwing them in prison and keeping them there would suit me fine. I don’t want to let their bestial behavior reduce me to vengeful thuggery.

  2. detroitfanatic - Nov 10, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    So they had a couple of slumpbusters. Big deal.

    • The Common Man - Nov 10, 2011 at 4:46 PM

      Wow. How about you get bent?

      • detroitfanatic - Nov 10, 2011 at 5:18 PM

        Jealous that you didn’t get any clubhouse tours?

      • cur68 - Nov 10, 2011 at 5:35 PM

        In case you think Common there is all alone in thinking you are some sort of loser-esque moron, let me assure detroitfanatic, he’s not alone in that low regard for you.

        Your comments remind me of that teacher that got busted in Thailand for child porn; he too had a history of accusing others of being ‘jealous’ and acting like the topic was some sort of joke.

      • The Common Man - Nov 10, 2011 at 5:38 PM

        More disappointed that you can afford internet access.

      • detroitfanatic - Nov 10, 2011 at 7:07 PM

        Christ Cur.

        Is there a single day that goes by that you don’t play the moral high ground card? I mean fuck man!!!! Every single day you have to show your moral authority to an anonymous internet poster who writes a classless joke. So what. It was intended to be classless, and I thought it was hilarious. I couldn’t give 2 flying fucks that you didn’t.

    • awriterorsomething - Nov 10, 2011 at 5:45 PM


      There is something singularly sick and twisted about you. I am releived that it is unlikely that I willever meet you. I am even more pleased that my children will never meet you.

      I only hope that you have no childen and that your neighbors are on to you and able to keep their childen safe from you.

      • detroitfanatic - Nov 10, 2011 at 6:44 PM

        Im just having some fun. The story is like 30 years old. Sheesh, do I have to cry forever? A bunch of high and mighty churchladies showed up here!

      • cur68 - Nov 10, 2011 at 6:57 PM

        Yeah, well I don’t find it even a little bit amusing. Just keep in mind, there’s lots of people who read this site who have direct knowledge of these issues and are more than 30 years old. How old do you have to be to get over something like that? Having a laugh at that kind of pain, well, I don’t think its ever going to get any other sort of reaction than the one you got.

      • detroitfanatic - Nov 10, 2011 at 7:02 PM

        Whatever churchlady. Are hindenburg jokes off limits too? The guy is 50 years old. I think he can handle being called a slumpbuster in jest, 38 years later. Sheesh man, the freaking cold war has come and gone since then.

      • JBerardi - Nov 10, 2011 at 7:24 PM

        “Im just having some fun. The story is like 30 years old. Sheesh, do I have to cry forever? A bunch of high and mighty churchladies showed up here!”

        Don’t you know anything about trolling the internet, son? This is where you double down on your outlandish claim, not when you play the “I was just joking” card. That’s waaay later.

        Kids these days.

      • Richard In Big D - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:07 AM


        It’s not just churchladies that feel that way about the attitude you spew. Hardened criminals in prison for life beat the living hell out of people that hurt children. Even THEY don’t joke about it. My guess is that YOU went on one of those locker room tours, and it messed you up forever. Get some help, man, before it’s too late and you end up getting beaten to death in prison!

  3. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Nov 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    I do hope the victims of sexual abuse find peace in their lives. Breaks my heart.

  4. The Common Man - Nov 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Amazing and horrific story. Is there anyone who still wants to get worked up about the morals clause in Hall of Fame voting?

    • detroitfanatic - Nov 10, 2011 at 7:11 PM

      How can you even talk about an issue as minuscule as the HOF voting process in an article like this? You disgust me.

      • cur68 - Nov 10, 2011 at 9:15 PM

        I got this Common. Now, detroit’, let me see if I got this right since I have such trouble with the ‘moral high ground’ seizing…ha, ha, ha! You so funny! Me laugh long time, you wit you…

      • detroitfanatic - Nov 10, 2011 at 11:20 PM

        Asian impersonation Cur? Classy.

        Asians were kidnapped and forced to build our railroads. Asian girls are the most highly trafficked sex slaves in the world. In light of Wilson Ramos being kidnapped, and PSU’s coverup of horrific crimes against children, please leave your racist morals and ideas elsewhere where they are more appropriate. Perhaps the platoon advantage, or the KKK’s site.

      • cur68 - Nov 11, 2011 at 1:22 AM

        Ooo, wait, I know what to say: I’ll paraphrase what you said: ““Im just having some fun. Th(at movie) is like 30 years old. Sheesh, do I have to cry forever? A bunch of high and mighty churchladies showed up here!”
        There! THAT must be the right thing to do! Thanks for the help being ‘normal’ like you. I’m sure I’m a better person.

  5. sdelmonte - Nov 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    There is something about this sort of case that, despite the disgust and anger we all feel, allows the bad guys to hide in plain sight. Is it arrogance, cowardice, denial? I don’t know. But time after time, there seem to be cover-ups and people looking away.

    And the only thing that will change this is forcing ourselves to look and saying to ourselves, “no, not on my watch.”

    • paperlions - Nov 10, 2011 at 5:37 PM

      They can hide in plain site because those will the power to do something about it can’t be bothered to do something, and because they are more concerned with their own reputations and profits than the destroyed lives of those being molested.

  6. 18thstreet - Nov 10, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    There is something to do about this: kick Tom Yawkey’s racist, criminal corpse out of the Hall of Fame. We already knew he was a racist asshole. Now, this.

    And the Red Sox can paint over the Wall where they’ve put his initials up in Morse Code.

    Kicking Tom Yawkey out of the Hall of Fame won’t bring justice to the victim. But it is what we, the living, can do. This should happen, and it should happen soon.

    • Glenn - Nov 10, 2011 at 10:08 PM

      Well, at least he didn’t almost cut off his wife’s head (and the last person to wait on her) a la HOFer OJ.

  7. whatthehellisansky - Nov 10, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    The scariest part in all this is the lengths people go to to cover this sick stuff up.

    its a sick sick world…

  8. phukyouk - Nov 10, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    I am sorry but all joking aside the fact the Joe Sandusky has a book called “touched” coming out is one of the more disturbing things about all this.

    • paperlions - Nov 10, 2011 at 5:43 PM

      That book came out 10 yrs ago….a few years after he was fired by PSU because he was caught molesting a boy in 1998.

  9. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 10, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Is this really necessary, Craig? I’ve already heard more than enough about this disgusting story and the Red Sox troubles to last a lifetime

    • yankeesgameday - Nov 10, 2011 at 5:28 PM

      It’s necessary to remind us that Joe sandusky isn’t alone and we need to be ever vigilant.

      This week is, I think, the 9-11 of sexual predators in sports. We will never forget this, we will never look the other way again. All if us have been affected and a new level of vigilance, action and reporting will hopefully emerge in our society as a result.

      I pray that we will never again hear about a grown man turning away from a child rape and allowing it to continue and that sharing these stories helps to give us all the strength to intervene.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 11, 2011 at 2:16 AM

        Fair enough

  10. jimbroney - Nov 10, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Why is it relevant that they were “African American”? Don’t remember reading Penn state victims being “Caucasian”.

    • heynerdlinger - Nov 10, 2011 at 5:27 PM

      Were they?

    • btilghman - Nov 10, 2011 at 8:53 PM

      Considering race relations back then, it’s totally relevant. The fact that he was white and they were black makes the power imbalance, and his abuse of it, that much worse.

  11. deathmonkey41 - Nov 10, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    The sad part is that if something like this happened today with the Red Sox, Bud Selig would probably select someone from the Red Sox Board of Directors to investigate it like he did with the steroids investigation. BTW, I heard that Dustin Pedroiria’s brother is either in jail or went to jail for sex with a minor- anyone know if that’s true?

    • themanchine - Nov 10, 2011 at 6:38 PM


    • JBerardi - Nov 10, 2011 at 7:37 PM

      Do people really not grock that Penn State story is Not. About. Sports? Bud Selig’s response to steroid usage in baseball could not be less relevant here.

      • deathmonkey41 - Nov 10, 2011 at 10:13 PM

        Really? Another scandal involving a sport’s organization with a half azz investigation that amounted to nothing more than a cover up isn’t relevant? Once again, the reputation of a franchise outweighed the search for truth.

      • JBerardi - Nov 11, 2011 at 8:03 AM

        If you’re really hung up on the idea that Kevin Mitchell (the mayor of Maine) was part of some kind of conspiracy to protect the Red Sox, I really can’t help you. Have fun in whatever perfect little universe you’ve created for yourself.

      • - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:27 AM

        It is in the fact that the culture put it’s football program above human dignity, and local, state, and federal laws.

      • deathmonkey41 - Nov 11, 2011 at 3:28 PM

        You keep telling yourself that that steroid investigation wasn’t anymore of a sham than the one done at Penn State- whatever helps you sleep at night.

  12. vanmorrissey - Nov 10, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Sadly, we’re reading about this here because we are fans and follow sports. Unfortunately, it’s only one facet of society in which predators like this dwell. They’re out there amongst the rest of us, doctors, lawyers, accountants, blue collar workers alike. The only thing we can try and do is put a stop to it immediately if we can, get the victims the help they need, and take precautions so things like this don’t happen again.

  13. jaysprospectarilo - Nov 10, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    One must also remember the oldest known was the abuses that occurred at Maple Leaf Gardens in the 1970’s and 80’s.

    Regardless, sickens us all. The fact that people here can find solace in laughing about it disgusts me. Have a child and we will see how funny you would find it should it have been your child.

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