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|Report: Ex-AAU Leader Accused of Child Sex Abuse
|ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Two former basketball players have accused ex-Amateur Athletic Union president Robert ''Bobby'' Dodd of molesting them as children, according to an ESPN report.
The AAU confirmed late Friday that it is investigating the claims, which reportedly date from the 1980s. One of the players, 43-year-old Ralph West, told ESPN's ''Outside the Lines'' he was assaulted in Memphis in 1984.
Both West and a second unidentified man said news reports about the Penn State child sex abuse case prompted them to independently confront Dodd in November. The player, who spoke to ESPN on the condition of anonymity, said he called Dodd on Nov. 11 and that Dodd apologized for the alleged abuse. ESPN confirmed an eight-minute call to Dodd by examining telephone records.
Memphis police said in a statement that it had been contacted by the AAU and was looking into the allegations.
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