A “city” is a father, kids that play ball become “Millie’s” aka potential millionaires, and Santa gets shot. A problem that has haunted NYC basketball for years is now ready to go to trial. A man that gave playground players a new opportunity for AAU travel, expanding exposure for more New York City players, is in the news for sexual misconduct. Another is no longer part of the scene, and a high school coach is up for trial in May for rape. I remember hearing about an alliance first hand while growing up, men who decided to sell the city’s soul for money in exchange for pedophile misconduct. Finally, the hope is that the truth, whatever that may be, will come out.
A 1996 article in the Daily News mentioned an allegation against Lou D’Almedia, founder of the Bronx Gauchos, that was subsequently dropped by the Bronx DA’s office. Mr. D’Almedia is no longer affiliated with the program and Billy Singleton, ex-coach of St. John’s university brings a different air to the organization.
Bob Oliva, ex-coach of Christ the King HS, was also accused of raping a 14-year-old boy in 1976 and is awaiting a May 2011 trial. Oliva was a good friend of Mr. Lorch and many of his players came from the Riverside program.
I have many friends and people who I grew up with who will call me and say “why bring this up now and say something when there is no solid evidence?
I do it because I remember the stories circulating through my community when growing up, seeing the money, and watching college coaches run into a project apartment next to mine and hearing from reliable sources that they were having sex with two underage girls. I will get many texts, facebook notes about this, asking me why am I bringing this up? I have to. I have daughters in college and I have to protect them.
After a lot of observation and decline in basketball focus and talent in NYC, the fact is that for years younger players from the area were being taught by their AAU coaches, who ‘hooked up’ NCAA coaches with young girls. The players have become involved also, now going to schools that have bought in to this lifestyle and many of them use date rape drugs on unsuspecting students, getting out the webcam and making money with coaches who have loose associations with pornographers that package up the encounter for sale.
There is a chain of behavior from AAU coach to NCAA that is dangerous in the city and being investigated heavily on very high levels. My hope is that coaches, players and others understand that this is only the beginning, and knowing the organized nature of the set up, my hope is that these men stop and change their lives.
I say these things very carefully because the parties involved understand I see the pattern of their activities, and they work very hard to hurt me, bad mouthing my work at Bounce and try hard to hurt my financial opportunities and family success.
Nevertheless, I will remain at work seeking to expose truth, helping parents and kids to see the value of strong moral codes and remain a friend to any man who might be afraid to buck the system. I am very serious about that last sentence. I mean it to the bottom of my heart.
There is a new movement coming, one that will help all do things in a way that does not damage lives, promoting sportsmanship that improves the level of basketball focus here in NYC and improve the quality of life here.