Did anyone else see the episode of SVU that Carmelo made a cameo in that aired at the end of September? The episode was called "Personal Fouls" if you want to look it up. Anyway, it came to mind when Penn St. broke, and now with the Fine allegations, it is even more similar and there is the weird Carmelo connection.
Basically, the plot of the episode is that a HS basketball coach was molesting players, and gets away with it for quite a few years because he sort of showers the victims with gifts and none of them want to admit that they were touched that way by another man. Eventually one victim speaks up (years after he was victimized) and says that there are other victims too, but none of the other victims will admit it, even to police. One of the victims has become a very successful NBA player and he won't admit it, and just keeps saying great things about the coach, but finally after the victim who came forward kills himself, the NBA player holds a press conference and says that he was molested and he hopes the other victims will come forward and begin the healing process.
What struck me the most is just that a big part of the Fine situation is that none of the other alleged victims will come forward, and based on this SVU episode as my only point of reference, it seems like maybe that isn't that far fetched that other victims would be reluctant to come forward. Its obviously a TV show, but it was just too similar to not notice for me. It's comforting to see all the former players and staff and everyone coming to Bernie's defense, and I think that is what they should do if they truly believe he is wrongfully accused, but I guess I am just preparing myself for the worst still.