Long time Daily News sports columnist Bill Conlin resigned from his position on Tuesday, Deadspin reports, after the Philadelphia Inquirer's Nancy Phillips wrote an investigative report containing allegations that Conlin molested children. The story will reportedly be published soon.
Deadspin reports that Conlin has hired counsel to defend himself against Phillips' report. For now, according to Deadspin, Conlin is at his condo in Largo, Florida.
Conlin, 77, joined the Daily News in 1965 after five years at the Evening Bulletin. He covered Penn State football, Big 5 sports and boxing for the News before becoming a columnist in 1987. He has won numerous awards, including the Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year.
In July, Conlin was honored as the recipient of the J.G. Spinks Award, the Baseball Writers Association of America's highest honor, a moment he called "the cherry on the sundae of my career." He was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame two years ago.